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Part of a terracotta plaque
01.01.035.1976.00770
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This artifact showing in relief adorned elephants and a heavily ornamented female attendant is illustrative of high workmanship in terracotta. Art historians regard the vivid representation of secular art in this object of ancient times as the embodiment of a masterpiece of Bengal art.

History of the Object
This object is of the Sunga period (185 BCE—72 BCE). It testifies that Pundranagara continued to be the capital of the Sungas who followed the Imperial Mauryas (c. 320 BCE—185 BCE).

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Terracotta 
Measurements
 
Creator name
 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Pundranagara, the oldest capital of ancient Bengal (now Mahasthangarh in Bogra district, Bangladesh) 
Geography
Bangladesh 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
In the first century BCE 
Function
Plaque  
Acquisition
This object was discovered at Mahasthangarh, a vast archaeological site, during an excavation in the 1960s. It was in the collection of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Bangladesh. In 1976, the Department gave it to the Bangladesh National Museum on permanent loan. 
Copyright
Bangladesh National Museum 
Acknowledgements
Bangladesh National Museum 
Owner
Bangladesh National Museum 
Museum
Bangladesh National Museum 
Credit line
 

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