Sec. iv] LIST OF OBJECTS FROM RUINS NORTH OF KHOTAN 1283
Traces of blue paint over white slip on hair, and gilding over rest of fig. L. border and R. side of disc missing. Wood very rotten. Diam. I". Present width I", thickness I".
Ta. L oog. Fresco fr., much broken, outlined in black and dull red on light buff ground, from wall surface seen in Fig. 325. Only colours occasional grey and buff, very pale. On L. is standing fig. of warrior, 4 R. ; R. shoulder and side of head missing, legs broken off across calves. Wears full armour : close-fitting cuirass with corslet over breast, and short mailed skirt to knees, represented in horizontal bands of light grey and buff, and belt of circular discs. Below are breeches tucked into high boots. Sleeves long and close-fitting to wrist. L. hand at breast holds tazza with dome-shape contents (or cover), thin stem and flat base ; R. on hip seems to hold purse or dagger. On head tiara of some kind surmounting close-fitting head-dress, and circular halo behind. Features are
grotesque : wide mouth and jaw, with displayed tusk, chin cleft, upper lip drawn into mouth in wrinkles,,or perhaps intended to be cleft. Lower line of upper eyelid sweeps down by nose and out round cheek in wide curve, and upper line of eyelid makes similar smaller curve to corner of mouth, with,grotesque effect.
On R. edge, facing him, appears head, neck, and foreleg of deer outlined in dark red. Below, between them, appears upper part of small fig. holding three buds in R. hand; prob. the donor, and kneeling. Childish features; head semi-shaved, with hair in triangular fringe over forehead, and in circular patch over ear with tail falling behind ; cf. small kneeling fig. in Mi. xiii. 12. Head reaches below knee of deer, and above are four lines of inscription in Central-Asian Brähmi.
Drawing bold and good; surface spattered with black spots or stains as Ta. oo8, oog. 14" x 9". Pl. XII.
OBJECT SAID TO HAVE BEEN FOUND NEAR ISLÂMABAD
Islamabad. 001. Stick bearing lengthways about six lines of much-faded writing from right to left. Script
and language doubtful. 3' Sir"x r$'. Extent of writing 2' 2'.
OBJECT SAID TO HAVE BEEN FOUND NEAR YANGI-DARYA, ON LOWER KHOTAN RIVER
Yangi-darya. o0I. Amulet in case. The case consists of two straight pieces of wood, semicircular in section, and hollowed. At either end a raised flange left on outside ; one end cut off straight while other is pointed. The two pieces are fitted face to face and bound with string at ends.
Contains carefully folded snake-skin with head (with eyes) on top. 4r x i ' x i".
Brought by Käsim Akhfin, as coming from a ` Mazär ' east of Yangi-daryä.
SPECIMENS OF POTTERY FOUND AT KHITAI-OILIK
Khi. ow. Pottery fr. of rim of vessel, hand-made, of illlevigated red-burning clay, with haematite wash on surface. Fired on an open hearth. Jr x r".
Khi. 002. Pottery fr., hand-made, of drab clay burning to dull red, fired on an open hearth ; inner face smoothed. Gr. M. e.
Khi. 003-6. Pottery frs., hand-made, of very illlevigated grey clay, occasionally tending to flare to red ; fired on an open hearth ; all orn. with roughly incised
vandyke. oo6 is mottled black and red, perhaps due to blending of two qualities of clay. Gr. M. average
Khi. ooq. Pottery fr., hand-made, of ill-levigated grey-burning clay very evenly fired on an open hearth. Incised vandyke orn. on concave side. Cf. Khi. 003-6. Gr. M. Ii"
Khi. oo8. Pottery fr. from everted rim of bowl ; neck orn. with roughly incised zigzags. Hand-made, of poorly levigated red-burning clay, fired on an open hearth. I " XIS