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Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 


Pottery Figurines
white bar = 1 cm.

  GbJj1/16070. Cattle figurine seen from the top. Note the notches behind the horns, a characteristic of cattle.

Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

  GbJj1/16070. The same figurine viewed from the front. The horns appear asymmetrical, possibly suggesting horn bending.


Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  Cattle figurine viewed from the side. Most of the face and nose are broken away, as are the horns. The notches behind the horns are present, though not visible from this angle.


Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/15822. Fragment from a large cattle figurine. A portion of the head showing the notch behind the base of the horn at the left. The distance across the head, from notch to notch, is about 6 cm.


Possible Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/4535. Miss Piggy in full vent? More likely a young cow chewing it's cud.

Possible Cattle Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

  GbJj1/4535. The same figurine seen from the top.


Possible Equid Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/17089. Equid figurine.

Possible Equid Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

Sheep Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/16008. Sheep figurine. Notice the small ears, the face-hugging wattle, and the fat back.


Leopard Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1 3722A. Figurine of a leopard with a comb-stamped decoration.

Leopard Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

 


Elephant Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/60982. Elephant figurine. Note the treatment of the spine, humb and forehead.

Elephant Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site     GbJj1/9461.

 


Giraffe Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/26000. Giraffe figurine. Note the treatment of the spine.

Giraffe Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

 

Giraffe Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

  GbJj1/26000. This damage evidently done prior to burial. Target practice?


Hippo figurine fragment from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/18289Hippo figurine fragment. Note the treatment of the tooth sockets and the lip plate. The bend at the base suggests that the mouth was opened wide. As the mouth is about 5.5 cm. wide and 11 cm. long, the entire figurine must be sizable indeed.

Notice that the entire interior of the mouth is painted red.


Jackal/dog/badger Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  The long, continuously tapered snout suggests that this represents a jackal or domesticated dog rather than a hyena. The white stripe is a paint that has been added after firing and is suggestive of a honey badger as is the position of the eye on the right side of the head. Howerver the shape of the head and snout, the stripe painted all the way to the tip of the nose, and the high position of the eye on the left side of the head, are all at odds with this interpretation.

Jackal/dog/badger Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

 

Jackal/Dog/Badger Figurine from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

 


Bird figurine fragment from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/46780. Bird figurine head. There is a fired red paint, and an unfired white paint and flecks of red ochre added after firing. The indented decoration around the neck appears to be from binding with cordage before firing when the clay body was moist.


Large figurine leg from the Jarigole Pillar Site
 

  GbJj1/15822. Large figurine leg. Fragments of legs are common at Jarigole.

Small Figurine Leg from the Jarigole Pillar Site  

  Small figurine leg with the remains of a red paint or slip. The paint adheres best to the inner part of the leg and there is some polish on the outer part of the leg suggesting this figurine may have seen a fair amount of use prior to its burial.


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