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Palette: goddess on sea moster

Palette: goddess on sea moster

  • Place of origin:

    Gandhara (made)

  • Date:

    1st century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Prof. K.de B. Codrington, 1958.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The palette has a flat rim with notched triangles and a plain flat base with a thin ridge below the raking rim. The lower part is missing. The goddess wears a sleeved garment with a striped cloak over it, falling to the knees-probably a version of a himation draped over shoulders and upper body. A cloak flies in a circle over her head, caught by the wind in a manner familiar in classical art for various out-of-door ladies, with its forked end behind her back. She holds a shallow bowl on the fingertips of her right hand. The monster is the classical ketos, with ears, finny gills, flippers and fish tail. It turns its head back towards her.

Place of Origin

Gandhara (made)


1st century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 12 cm, Height: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Francfort, 1979, no.41, pl.21.

Descriptive line

Palette depicting a goddess on sea monster, schist, 1st century, Gandhara

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

p. 156, pl. 156
The Crossroads of Asia : transformation in image and symbol in the art of ancient Afghanistan and Pakistan / edited by Elizabeth Errington and Joe Cribb with Maggie Claringbull. Cambridge: Ancient India and Iran Trust, 1992 Number: 0951839918

Production Note

Sirkap, Taxila, Gandhara




South & South East Asia Collection

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