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Cosmetic dish

Cosmetic dish

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Physical description

Cosmetic Dish is divided more typically into three compartments. The upper portion shows a carving of a man and woman. She rests her right arm along his shoulders, while he makes a conversational gesture with his right hand. Buchthal has shown how this arrangement is a close copy of a husband and wife on the lid of a a Roman sarcophagus. A lotus pattern fills the two lower compartments, and is repeated on the reverse.

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Diameter: 11.1 cm

Object history note

Bought from Maj Genl. H.L.Haughton, C.B., C.I.E., C.B.E, 1948

Descriptive line

Cosmetic dish, schist, Gandhara, 2nd century, north west Pakistan

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

No. 61
Haworth-Booth, Mark; Indian Sculpture: A Travelling Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1971


Make-up; Stoneware


South & South East Asia Collection

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