Indus Valley Bowl with Geometric Design


An Indus Valley bowl modelled from bright red terracotta with a decorated interior, featuring an elaborate geometric motif, painted in a dark brown colour. The vessel features a rounded and diminutive flat foot and large body, which rises and ends in a wide mouth.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, with some earthly deposits.


The Indus Valley is a Bronze Age civilization from the Near East, which lasted from 3300 BC to 31 BC. It was discovered when engraved seals were found in the Pakistan’s province of Punjab in 1920-21, first in a site called Harappa and then all along the Indus River. They are known to be skilled in a wide range of techniques, but it is thanks to pottery production if they have been appreciated by archaeologists and collectors. Most of the pottery from such civilization can be dated back to the Nal culture, which flourished in the northwest region of the Indus Valley. Their terracotta works are characterized by a linear style, a geometric repetition of shapes and lines. Also animals and plants, rendered in a stylized manner, abounded on their creations.  Furthermore, short ring foots and bowls with inward-turned rims seem to be as well among the main properties of the Nal’s pottery. In the end, pigments could be added on the decorations, to create beautiful colourful vessels.

Weight 309.6 g
Dimensions W 18.6 x H 7.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 57.99.2