RUINED SITES EAST AND NORTH OF KHOTAN [Chap. XXXI
Chal. 0049. Stucco relief fr. R. hand clenched. Good work. Light red clay (burned) with wooden core (perished). 24" X I g".
Chal. 0050. Stucco relief fr. from edge of vesica of large fig. Flame orn. of three tongues, pointing horizontally to edge. Light red clay. A short reed formed core of each flame. 34" X 34".
Chal. oo5l. Stucco relief fr. Head of antelope, finished on each side, but not behind. Upright through head is space for core, which doubtless divided into two for the horns, now broken off. Large pointed ears ; eyes have slightly protruding circles with small pupil hole; round eye a raised ridge to show lids ; no pupil to L. eye. Nostrils (shown by holes) close together. Lower jaw (moulded separately) missing. Light red clay (burnt) with mud and fibre filling. H. 34", length 4", width I " to 34". Pl. CXXXIX.
Chal. 0052. Stucco relief fr. of head of antelope, like Chal. 0051, but not from same mould. R. ear broken away. L. eye has no pupil marked. Lower jaw (moulded separately) missing. No colour. Light-coloured clay (burnt) with mud and fibre filling and reed core. Length 4r, width I" to 34", H. 3g".
Chal. 0053. Stucco relief fr. Rosette, from headdress (?). Outside, seven pointed lotus petals. Inside, round a central button, five pointed petals curving in direction of sun's motion. (These are the crescents usually employed for human hair.) Light-coloured clay (burnt). Diam. 3"
Chai. 0054. Terra-cotta appliqué orn., with pear-shaped outline followed by incised line. Within, double incised heart. Perhaps stalk of flower. Cf. *A. T. 0036. x Ig".
Chal. 0055. Stucco relief fr. of very fine acanthus volute orn. White stucco, fused. 239-g° x I i ". PI. X.
Chal. 0056. Stucco relief fr. Floral pattern. In lower central field fleur-de-lis with bound stem ; below binding stalk divides, curving up to R. and L. and developing into elaborate fronting anthemia whose points frame the fleur-de-lis. Very fine design. White stucco, fused and much damaged. 3" x 4". Pl. X.
Chal. 0057. Stucco relief fr. of lotus wreath. Bands of pointed petals with bead rings at intervals. White stucco, fused. 2" x I".
Chal. 0058. Stucco relief fr. of oval jewel orn. with bead border. White stucco, fused. I"
Chal. 0059. Stucco relief fr. Three palm leaves (?) branching from common stem ; leaves have straight central rib, bordered on either side by small trefoiled lobes. On either side of central frond is conventional lotus bud (that on L. missing). Light-coloured clay ; mud and fibre backing. 4" X 3r. PI. X.
Chal. oo6o. Stucco relief fr. Part of Chal. oo61. Stamens with bead ends. I" X Ir.
Chal. oo6i. Stucco relief fr. of lotus design, perhaps part of Padmâsana or from border of vesica. Outer row of large lotus petals (broken) overlapped by small pointed petals ; then comes row of beaded ends of stamens ; the stamens themselves curve back at right angles, to a lower plane. Red clay (burnt) on mud and fibre core. 3" x 4"X2".
Chal. 0062. Stucco relief fr. of wreath, consisting of beads bound round in middle with three fillets. Light red clay (burnt). 3" x r.
Chal. 0063. Terra-cotta appliqué fr. Buddhist rail. See Chal. 0038. Length 3".
Chal. 0064. Terra-cotta appliqué fr. Buddhist rail. See Chal. 0038. Length 4-".
Chal. 0065. Terra-cotta appliqué fr. Buddhist rail. See Chal. 0038. Length 2k".
Chal. oo66. Terra-cotta appliqué fr. Buddhist rail. See Chal. 0038. Length 3r.
Chal. 0067. Terra-cotta relief fr., much sand-worn. Palm leaf and indistinguishable designs. Red clay (burnt). I-," X
Chal. 0069. Heart-shaped stone ring, prob. from a buckle. Pale grey soap-stone (?). â" x A".
Chal. 0070. Circular stone ring. Light brown. Diam. ".
SECTION IV.-TEMPLE REMAINS NORTH OF KHOTAN
After a brief stay at Khotan, which manifold tasks, including arrangements well in advance for my return to India, rendered busy, I started on April 5 northward. There was a great extent • of ground to be covered on this journey, which was to take me to Ak-su and to the foot of the Tien-shan, and I knew how soon the rapidly increasing heat would stop any operations at desert sites to be visited en route. Certain remains, which my ` treasure-seeking ' guides had succeeded in tracing near the northernmost outskirts of the Khotan oasis, furnished the immediate goal, and in order to assure their examination without loss of time I had taken care to have their position fixed beforehand by R. B. L51 Singh.