Indus Valley Terracotta Bowl with Birds


A finely modelled Indus Valley bowl featuring painted decorations to the inside. The vessel features a flat small rounded foot, from which its flaring body rises. The inside of the bowl displays a central medallion with geometrical decoration, from which four sectioning lines radiate. In each of the panels is a stylised bird with its wings opened wide with the individual feathers painted to emphasise the movement, a single enclosed ring is painted above the bird’s heads. The rim is further decorated with a band of geometric lines. 

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Very fine, some earthly deposits to the surface.


SKU: CS-103 Category: Tags: , ,

The Indus Valley Civilisation extended from what today is North-East Afghanistan to Pakistan and north-west India. It was one of the three early and widespread cradles of civilisation along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. At its peak, the Indus Valley Civilisation, which included such sites as Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, may have had a population of over five million, who developed new techniques in pottery, seal carving, and metallurgy. 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 and 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 500 g
Dimensions W 17.5 x H 7.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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