Seated male in namaskar pose
Title Seated male in namaskar pose
Accession Number 3072/388
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Pre-History
Object Type Pre-History
Main Material Terracotta
Manufacturing Technique Hand modelled
Origin Place Harappa
Find Place Harappa
Period / Year of Work 2700-2100 BC
Dimensions 5 x 4 x 2 cm
Brief Description M.S.Vats found this cream colour hand modelled male nude figurine through the excavation at Harappa. The seated male is in yogic posture with legs outstretched and knees slightly raised. The head and folded hands are in namaskar mudra. Some parts of feet are missing. The head, mouth and nose is pinched and the two eyes are marked by round pellet. Fingers are not shown in hands. The figurine is thin and flat but the triangular forehead is pinched at two sides. The facial expression of this figure is not clear. The well preserved long arms of this squatting male reveals clasped hand in devotional or yogic pose. This type of yogic pose in male figures is rarely found in Indian art. The Harappan terracotta figurines lack the traditional embellishment of costume, ornaments and headdress but its facial features were modelled in the crude handmade Harappan style.