Handle fragment

Handle fragment

Handle fragment
Farhadbegyailaki, China
200-600 AD
Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.39
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This fragment of a terracotta vessel handle is in the shape of a winged horse. The fur on the neck and mane indicated with incised marks; the top part of the wings is marked with concentric circles just below the neck. The head, fore- and hind-legs are lost. It was excavated from a room of what probably was a shrine with living quarters at the site at Farhad-beg-yailiki between Khotan and Keriya in Xinjiang, China. At this site several Buddhist shrines with dwelling quarters were discovered. This Buddhist sanctuary was part of the former Kingdom of Khotan.