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It was probably a gaming piece, a weight, or a bottle stopper. FEMALE FIGURINE (PL. 23o; FIG. 8a): An example of the familiar Zhob Valley female DUPREE: DEH MORASI GHUNDAI 1963 93 122 119 123 121 120 124 127 129 131 128 t32 3 @135( 134 135 DESIGNS 119-135. " figurines' was found in the shrine complex (Fig. 5a). Because of this, I tend to agree with Piggott that these somewhat terrifying miniatures serve as "a grim embodiment of the mothergoddess who is also a guardian of the dead-an underworld deity concerned alike with the I Piggott, 1950, Fig.
14g-i), or balloon-shaped (Fig. 14j) vessel. A fragment of a hollow stand (Fig. 14k), unique at this site, was uncovered. It is neither footed like those of the classic Quetta ware1 nor like stands reported from Mundigak, Hissar, several Baluchistan sites, and Indus Valley sites. Straight rims were not very popular (Fig. 14 1-m), but club (Fig. 14n) or thickened (Fig. 14o-p) rims with possibly ovoid profiles were in vogue, numerically speaking, in this period. Other rim types range from thickened rims with an almost straight profile (Fig.
BURIAL 3 a C r I Isoem b FIG. 27. Burial 3, Morasi III, Cut 4. view. b. Vertical view. a. Horizontal oriented in a general northeast-northwest line, but slightly tilted to the west, possibly for the the shift in the bricks. An almost identical grave, lined with mud bricks and containing a flexed skeleton, was reported from Tepe Gawra, Locus 7-30, Stratum same reasons as FIG. 28. Pottery profiles, Karim Cream Surface ware, Morasi IV, Cut 4. Slightly more than 1/2. Morasi IV levels and may be only a variation of the Panjwai Cream Surface ware, but its unique surface striations justify placing it in a separate category.