Votive Equestrian figure
Title Votive Equestrian figure
Accession Number 70.82
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Terracotta
Manufacturing Technique Terracotta
Country India
Origin Place Gujarat
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Tribe Bhil, Rathwa
Dimensions Ht. 122 cms
Brief Description This is a votive equestrian figure made of terracotta used as an offering to the gods and spirits.
Detailed Description The tribes of Gujarat especially the Rathwa and Bhil offer votive terracotta horses to their gods and spirits at the devasthan, a sanctuary of worship during auspicious days. This is a tradition that has been continuing for ages. A terracotta shrine called the ghummat is also offered to every cluster of these animal figures, to hold a lamp. For making these objects, red and black clays are used and usually made during the harvest season in chaitar and Vaishakh months.