Plaque with a Royal Family
1st century B.C.
India (West Bengal, Chandraketugarh)
This family scene and the touching intimacy that permeates it are unusual in Indian terracotta. With his left hand, the man, seated on a chair, holds the back of his wife's head: she stands before him and gently caresses his knees. A small figure, thought the couple's son, is shown seated, besides a dog he holds by its leash, in the foreground. Two ducks appear at the lower left while at the far right, fragments of a monkey, climbing the leg of the chair, can be seen.
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