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.
Indus Valley Terracotta Decorated Bowl
A finely modelled Indus Valley bowl with painted decorations in a brown pigment. The vessel features a flat base, from which its flaring body rises. Inside the bowl is three elements to the centre with an enclosed band around the rim framing the bowl. The outside features a register of geometrical motifs along the rim. The painted decoration to the inside recalls Ancient Iranian patterns, as a testimony of cultural and aesthetic syncretism in the Ancient World.
Condition: Fine condition, stress crack to the side. Some earthly encrustations to the surface, a crack along the side has been restored.