Indus Valley Terracotta Bowl with Geometric Pattern


A finely moulded, terracotta Indus Vally bowl, decorated with rich geometric and linear designs. The vessel features almost vertical walls which flare out from the ring foot leading into a wide opening with a slightly everted lip. The body is decorated in dark pigment with geometric motifs. This includes square shapes and angular lines, arranged in a symmetrical pattern. Three horizontal continuous bands are displayed below the design with a further four above. The top band is painted over the rim. The vessel presents a few small chips on the body and rim.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 B.C.
Provenance: From the David Gold (deceased) collection, 1970’s.
Condition: Very fine condition with earthly encrustations and some minor chips around the body and rim.


SKU: SM-20 Category: Tag:

The Indus Valley is a Bronze Age civilization from the Near East, which lasted from 3300 BC to 31 BC. It was one of three early and widespread cradles of civilisation along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia; it was discovered when engraved seals were found in the Pakistani province of Punjab in 1920-21, first in the ancient city of Harappa and then locations down the Indus River leading to Mohenjo-daro.

Important innovations of the Indus Valley civilisation included standardised weights and measures and seal carving but were also skilled in a range of techniques including metallurgy and pottery production. Most of the pottery can be dated back to the Nal culture, which flourished in the north-west 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, featured heavily on their creations.  Furthermore, short ring foots and bowls with inward-turned rims seem to be among the main properties of the Nal’s pottery. In the end, pigments could be added on the decorations, to create beautiful polychromatic vessels.

Weight 126.3 g
Dimensions L 9.6 x W 9.6 x H 6.1 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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

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