Head fragment

Head fragment

Head fragment
Khotan, China
200-500 AD
Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.63 (Khot.01.n)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

The terracotta appliqué mask was purchased by Stein, together with other terracotta figures, in Khotan. Khotan was a major kingdom on the southern branch of the Silk Road and also a major centre of Buddhism. Many of these terracottas were used as appliqué ornamentation on pottery vessels.