Wooden pedestal for a figurine. The base is a solid block, on the front decorated with an incised lozenge-shaped pattern, each lozenge with a dot in the centre. A small lotus throne is set on top of the block, behind which originally must have been a vesica. But of this only a fragmented piece of wood remains.
- Excavated/Findspot: Khadalik, Kha.vi.17 (excavated at Kha.vi at Khadalik)
- (Asia,China,Xinjiang,Khotan (district),Khadalik)
- Height: 11.4 centimetres
- Width: 8.5 centimetres
The 1917-11-28 group (with MAS numbering) refers to objects from Stein's Second Central Asian Expedition, 1906-08. As the expedition was financed 3/ 5 by the Government of India and 2/5 by the British Museum, it was agreed that the finds from the expedition should be allocated in these proportions. All the finds were shipped to London for sorting, research and publication, and subsequent distribution. The distribution of the finds between London and India was determined by specialists, appointed by the Government of India (through the India Office, London) and the British Museum, who drew up lists of the objects for approval by both sides. The specialists included: Raphael Petrucci, under supervision of Dr E Denison Ross (nominated by India Office) and Lawrence Binyon (British Museum) on paintings; Dr F W Thomas, Dr E Denison Ross (both nominated by India Office) and Dr L D Barnett (British Museum) on manuscripts and written documents; Dr E Denison Ross (nominated by India Office) and Lawrence Binyon (British Museum) on archaeological/other finds. Although the lists were drawn up and approved in 1915, the Government of India asked the British Museum to look after the entire collection during the First World War, and those allocated to India were eventually shipped in 1919.
- Kha.vi.17 (Stein no.)
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Object reference number: RRC6727
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