TERRACOTTA FROM BHITA

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TERRACOTTA FROM BHITA

Bhita is an ancient city on the bank of the Yamuna about 22 KM away from Allahabad unravels the story of a culture more than 2800 years old. Alexander Cunningham visited the site in the year 1872. He had come across a cut section through the rampart on the south-eastern side of central mound having the defences of the old town Bhita. John Marshall excavated the site in 1909-10. Out of five layers unearthed, the earliest period of this mound, represented by a deposit of black slipped ware, is datable to 8th to 7th BCE, followed by Northern Black Polished Ware dated to the beginning of 7th century BCE continued up to 2nd Century BCE. Likewise, the latest occupation is identified as contemporary to the Gupta period. A good number of antiquities have been recovered from Bhita. Among these antiquities a wide variety of Terracotta occupies a prime position. They include human and animal figurines, beads, rattle, wheel, toy cart, hopscotch stopper, weight etc.

Indian Museum, Kolkata has a sizeable collection of Bhita terracotta in their possession. The collection ranges from human figurines, faces to household objects, toys etc. It is an endeavour to project some of these specimens.

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