Indus Valley Terracotta Bowl with Geometrical Motif


A very fine Indus Valley large and deep terracotta bowl displaying a striking checked geometric design to the inside. The vessel features a flat rounded foot, from which its flaring body rises. To the inside of the bowl, eight registers with alternating blank and checked square panels painted with dark brown pigment. The two registers to the centre feature alternating blank and black squares. The sides of the bowl are undecorated.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Extremely well-preserved item with original pigmentation. Some minor chips to the rim.


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 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 1000 g
Dimensions W 24 x H 9.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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