Equestrian figure
Title Equestrian figure
Accession Number 78.251
Title2 Ghora-Kalash
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Terracotta
Manufacturing Technique Terracotta, painted
Country India
Origin Place Darbhanga, Bihar
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Tribe Dushadh community
Dimensions Ht. 133 cm (approx.)
Brief Description This is a votive equestrian figure relating to the cult of Raja Shailesh, a mythical hero worshipped by the Dushadh community of Bihar.
Detailed Description According to the myth of the Dushadh community, Raja Sailesh, a mythical hero ruled a kingdom which stretched across Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Mithila. He is often depicted as an equestrian rider with an imposing scale and posture and is offered as a votive offering to a sanctuary created for him called salheshsthan. These terracotta artefacts are mostly made out of black and yellow clay and are painted using very bright colours.