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0273 Ancient Khotan : vol.1
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large drooping feather, very closely resembling in form an ostrich feather. This hangs free over top of head, and falling forward, curls over and joins plaited band in front. The ears appear to be tied in tightly across their middle, so that they are divided each into two projecting portions. Height 2g", width ri", depth rg". See Plate XLV.

B. oox. i. Terra-cotta bead, closely resembling B. oor. h, but all above plaited head-band broken away. The tenon in place of neck is scored as though to be fastened into a socket. Height 2 ", width r". See Plate XLV.

B. oor. j. Terra-cotta grotesque Bactrian camel, closely resembling Y. 009. 1. There was probably a figure or some other load between the humps originally. Very roughly made. Height 2", length 2g". See Plate XLVII.

B. oox. k. Terra-cotta grotesque monkey, owl-like type. Legs broken off. A flat object is held horizontally at chest, R. hand above it and L. hand below supporting it. Across middle a kilt-like object, which however does not seem to serve any purpose of decency. Height rg", width i". See Plate XLVII.

B. oox. 1. Terra-cotta grotesque monkey. Naturalistic type, rather carefully made. The figure is sitting on its heels, the legs being a natural length, which is unusual with these grotesques. The two hands (broken off) were resting together in front of breast. Body entirely nude and hairy ; probably that of a female. Height r". See Plate XLVI.

B. oos. Terra-cotta grotesque monkey, upper half; holding in both hands a bowl as though drinking. Naturalistic type ; hairy. Eyes distinctly looking downwards into bowl. Height r", width e", depth r. See Plate XLVI.

B. D. ow. a. Fragment of sculptured slate, forming part of the angle of some larger piece, and sculptured on two surfaces at right angles to each other. The shape of the piece is curious. The more perfect side presents a shape vertical on L. proper side, and vertical on opposite side half-way up, when it turns in a very shallow curve and meets upper end of L. side. The lower side is horizontal and dentilated, and forms a dividing member between the upper and lower (broken away) panels. The contiguous surface appears to have been of the same shape. A groove or rabbet is on outer side to R., where probably another portion of design joined. The subject, carved in high relief in the Gandhara style, is Buddha's temptation by Mara and his daughters. In a hollow, or cavea, is seated the Bodhisattva, right shoulder and breast bare, and wearing a single robe. On his head appears to be an ornament. His R. hand resting across his leg is directed towards the ground (bhùmisparsa-mudrâ); in L. he holds the corner of his robe. Three female figures —two to L. and one to R.—exhibit their charms, the pose of one closely resembling that of the Nagini in the fresco of Cella D. n. at Dandan-Uiliq. In the foreground to

R. proper is the crouching figure of Mara carrying vajra in R. hand, his head turned towards Buddha. To L. another crouching male figure, bearing a club or sword in R. hand, the face being turned towards Buddha. Of lower panel, two small heads only are visible. In upper cavea of contiguous side are visible a tree, and the upraised R. arm and the shoulder, undraped, of a central figure (Buddha 2). To R. proper in foreground is a half-kneeling figure in an attitude of adoration. The carving is fine, but not very finished. Height r$", width r", width of broken face s". See Plate XLVIII.

  • D. oor. b. Bone or ivory seal, bell-shaped. The device is a grotesque lion with upraised tail, in outline. Above this an inscription in Tibetan characters, read by

Dr. Barnett teic t1,1'L(,~' rgya k`ril bzang (literally

` abundant heap^^-good.') Height r, diameter h". See Plate L.

  • D. oox. c. Signet ring of chalcedony or pale carnelion (according to Prof. Miers' examination). On flattened upper surface cut in intaglio male bust to R.; hair rolled, wearing earring. ii" x g". See Plate XLIX.

  • D. oor. d. Elliptical seal of onyx, bearing, in intaglio, head of Persian type, to R., wearing moustache and hair

rolled ; drapery over shoulders. g" xi" x r.   See
Plate XLIX.

. D. oor. e. Elliptical seal of onyx, bearing, in intaglio, a

galloping Indian bull to R., with tail uplifted. g" x nearly g". See Plate XLIX.

D. ow. f. Circular seal in carnelion, bearing, in intaglio stag with branching horns couchant to R. Very roughly cut. Diam. A". See Plate XLIX.

D. oox. g. Circular seal in onyx, bearing, in intaglio, male (?) head to R. Hair smoothed close to head, with a cincture of loose hair passing completely round forehead, behind ears and below occiput, giving a cap-like appearance. Diam. A". See Plate XLIX.

D. oor. h. Elliptical seal in agate, bearing, in intaglio, bust to R., with moustache, earrings, and mane-like headdress extending to nape of neck. Bust draped. 1" x See Plate XLIX.

D. oox. i. Elliptical seal in carnelion, representing, in intaglio, a very roughly cut straight-horned sheep or goat to R. r x g" (nearly). See Plate XLIX.

D. oor. j. Elliptical seal in onyx, bearing, in intaglio, a female head to R. ; on top of head is a mask of a man's face, tilted upwards and backwards in the manner of a visor, the peak of a helmet apparently coming from beneath and covering brow of female. The mask wears a helmet, the frontal portion of which is visible, and a mane-like plume, which issues from it, falls in position of female's hair. The type of heads is Persian. In front of female are four Kharosthi (?) characters written in a vertical column. Engraved surface g" x â". See Plate XLIX.