Indus Valley Painted Terracotta Bowl


An Indus Valley terracotta bowl, featuring a flattened base and a wide mouth. The vessel’s body has been decorated with a geometric band displaying a cross-hatched style. A single continuous ring features above and below the band and is rendered in dark brown pigment. Some earthly encrustations remain on the surface, cracks to the side of the bowl have been repaired.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, repairs to the side.


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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. Indus Valley inhabitants are known to be skilled in a wide range of techniques, but it is thanks to pottery production that 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 stylised manner, abounded on their creations.  Pigments would have been added to enrich such vessels, which would have been used in everyday life but also placed in the tombs with the deceased as grave goods.

Weight 98 g
Dimensions W 9.2 x H 5.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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

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