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figurine / 小雕像

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  • Description

    Clay figurine of a monkey. The animal is shown sitting cross-legged and playing a four-stringed instrument, probably a lute. The instrument is shown in great detail and three of the pegs as well as the bridge are clearly visible.

  • Date

    • 1stC-4thC (Whitfield 1985)
    • 3rdC-6thC (Ghose 2004)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.8 centimetres
    • Width: 3.2 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Stein 1907 p.213; vol.II, pl.XLVI bibliographic details
    • Whitfield 2004b pl.29.b bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1996 14 Jun-29 Sep, London, The British Library, The Mythical Quest

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    The 1907-11-11 group refers to objects from Stein's First Central Asian Expedition, 1900-01. According to Stein's Introduction to 'Ancient Khotan' (1907), the expedition was funded by the Governments of India, the Panjab (Punjab) and from provincial funds of Bengal. All the finds were shipped to London for sorting, research and publication. The Government of India then recommended that Dr Rudolf Hoernle, together with the British Museum, should determine the distribution of the finds (BM Archives, Stein Papers, CE32/23/5).

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Y.0011.k (Stein no.)
Miniature figurine of a seated monkey playing a stringed instrument, modelled in earthenware.


Miniature figurine of a seated monkey playing a stringed instrument, modelled in earthenware.

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