"This object is actually part of a composite figurine of a gharial, the narrow snouted crocodile that used to live in the local rivers and ox-bow lakes. The animal is commonly depicted on terracotta and steatite tablets and on intaglio seals.
It is appropriate that Daya Ram Sahni quickly found female figurines on Mound F at Harappa as he made the first incisions. Female figurines greatly outnumber those of men at ancient Indus sites.
Daya Ram Sahni quickly recognized the preponderance of female figurines; after describing the two male figurines found, he writes: "All the other human figures are female figures (Plate X, Photo. No, 2807-b) which appear to be crude caricatural
Whether or not this was one of the first objects discovered in Trench A, given the catalogue number 2, is unclear, but it was unusual to Daya Ram Sahni who said he had not seen something of the sort before, with an opening over a foot across.
In his 1921 summary of pottery finds, Daya Ram Sahni called out "earthenware rests for dishes or pitchers" of which this one was considered the prime example (p. 13). "This type of ring stand was made to support large jars with narrow or rounded
"Among the antiquities found here was a seal die (No. A 214), Plate IX, Photos. Nos. 2817 a-b. It is square in shape, along each, side and provided with a round projection on the reverse pierced with a hole for the string by which it was suspended.
Among the objects found in the large earthen chati [A 233] and a second example which would have been most familiar to Daya Ram Sahni were "earthenware bangles of various sizes were found in large abundance. A few complete specimens were found" (p.
He continues, about perhaps one of the finest objects he found in 1921: "One pair of them attains a high degree of excellence. It is made of fine clay coloured blue. (No. A 182.) Plate IX, Photo No. 2759." - Daya Ram Sahni, Annual Progress Report of