India, Uttar Pradesh / Anthropomorph / ca. 1500 B.C.India, Uttar Pradesh
ca. 1500 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian; Uttar Pradesh
Creator Name-CRT: India, Uttar Pradesh
Title: Anthropomorph
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -150
Creation End Date: -149
Creation Date: ca. 1500 B.C.
Creation Place: India, Uttar Pradesh
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: copper
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 11 9/16 in. (21 x 29.3 cm)

In India, find spots for ancient copper objects are located primarily in the basin of the Ganges River in modern-day Uttar Pradesh. The hoards, which contained celts, harpoons, rings, and figural sculptures loosely identified as anthropomorphs, date to a period of Indian history about which little is known. Although it is now generally assumed that these copper objects were made by indigenous people living in the area, the function and meaning of the objects remain unclear.

Made from molds and then embellished with hammering, anthropomorphs are characterized by semicircular heads resting directly upon the shoulders, volutelike arms held akimbo, and pointed open legs. Alternatively identified as male or female, these figures may have been emblems of fertility used in magical, religious, or political practices.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: L.1985.42.3
Credit Line: Lent by The Kronos Collections
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.L.1985.42.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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