Indus Valley Terracotta Votive Statuette


A very fine Indus Valley terracotta statuette of a female, shown seated with her arms outstretched in the act of holding or presenting something. She is portrayed wearing a wide, multi-strand collar around her neck and an elaborate headpiece with her breasts exposed. The hands and feet are well preserved and present fine finger and toe detailing. Her facial features are rendered in the typical style for such pottery production, with large, sunken eyes and a hooked nose. The figure can be interpreted as a goddess, with her exposed breasts suggesting a link to fertility cults.

Date: Circa 3300-1300 BC
Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact with some earthly encrustations to the surface.

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The Indus Valley Civilisation extended from modern day north-east Afghanistan to Pakistan and north-west India. It was one of three early and widespread cradles of civilisation along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, dating back to the 4th millennium BC. At its peak, the Indus Valley Civilisation, which included such sites as Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, developed new techniques in pottery, seal carving, and metallurgy. Terracotta statuettes, such as this fine example, are usually classified as votive offerings, modelled in the shape of gods and goddesses.

Weight 39.3 g
Dimensions W 3.4 x H 11.2 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 2001.305.

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