47. What is this terracotta basin?

Terracotta basin.

Another interesting artifact in the National Museum is a terracotta basin. It is rectangular in shape rounded at edges, about 3 feet long and 9 inches deep. It is integrated with six legs 6 inches high and is rimmed. It has holes along its lower circumference, probably to drain out liquid. Could it be a baby's bath tub? Was it used to wash raw stones prior to chipping away impurities in bead making process? Or was there any other use? Submitted with illustration by Vasant Dave

Richard Meadow
Very difficult to know its use without information about the archaeological context, and even with that it needs to have come from a context of use. I personally like the baby washing idea.