Horse head-shaped fragment

Horse head-shaped fragment

Horse head-shaped fragment
Yotkan
200-600 AD
Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.66 (Yo.0030.k)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

The terracotta fragment of the head of a horse might have belonged to a figurine of a horse with rider. The facial features, reins and mane are incised. It was acquired at Yotkan, the site of the former capital of the Kingdom of Khotan, about 10 km west of today's town of Khotan in Xinjiang, China, and a major Buddhist centre. At this site large quantities of antiquities were brought to light, unfortunately generally not from scientific excavations. The most characteristic finds are small terracottas, moulded appliques in classical style and tiny animal figurines.