Pottery

The inventoried pottery from Tapa Sardar includes inscribed sherds (among them one with the inscription “Kanika mahārāja vihāra”, the temple of the Great King Kaniṣka) and many samples of stamped pottery (i.e. pottery with one or more impressions made on the vessels’ external surface), which seems to have been rather common in Afghanistan, south of the Hindukush, in the second half of the first millennium CE. These impressions, usually round in shape, display a remarkable variety of scenes and symbols: human figures, animals such as wild goats, horses, deer and birds, the vase of abundance, vegetal motifs, solar symbols and undeciphered geometrical patterns. No clearly recognizable Buddhist motifs appear in this repertoire; in fact, the iconographies share many similarities with the rock art of the Hindukush, thus suggesting the appurtenance to a cross-cultural symbolic universe.

 

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    TS 00316
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    max 0,056
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    TS 00331
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    Max 0,055
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    TS 00332
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    Max 0,065
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    TS 00333
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    Max 0,07 and 0,049
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    TS 00334
    Measures:
    Max 0,071
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    TS 00335
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    Max 0,07
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    TS 00336
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    Max 0,055
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    TS 00337
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    Max 0,075
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    TS 00338
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    Max 0,115
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    TS 00339
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    Max 0,09
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    TS 00438
    Measures:
    0,041 x 0,043
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    TS 00439
    Measures:
    0,037 x 0,029
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    TS 00443
    Measures:
    Max 0,105
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    TS 00444
    Measures:
    Max 0,06
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    TS 00445
    Measures:
    Max 0,073
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    TS 00446
    Measures:
    Max 0,04
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    TS 00447
    Measures:
    0,09 x 0,08
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    TS 00448
    Measures:
    Max 0,041
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    TS 00449
    Measures:
    Max 0,062
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    TS 00450
    Measures:
    Max 0,082
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    TS 00451
    Measures:
    Max 0,045
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    TS 00452
    Measures:
    Max 0,072
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    TS 00594
    Measures:
    Max 0,062
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    TS 00600
    Measures:
    Max 0,057
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    TS 00601
    Measures:
    0,07 x 0,068
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    TS 00602
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    Max 0,05
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    TS 00603
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    Max 0,062
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    TS 00604
    Measures:
    0,046 x 0,039
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    TS 00605
    Measures:
    0,052 x 0,048
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    TS 00607
    Measures:
    Max 0,076
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