Indus Valley Terracotta Dish


A very fine Indus Valley painted terracotta dish featuring a shallow body with a flat base and an extended rim. The plate is decorated with a simple radiating sun motif. The decorative pattern sits at the centre of the plate, framed by five thin concentric circles. A thick band of paint decorated the sloping rim and outer edge of the shallow bowl. A final register of linear lines enriches the rim. There are a couple of chips on the surface of the plate and the paint has faded with time.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, crack to base with some flaking and small crack to rim along with minor chips. Earthly encrustation can be seen on the surface.

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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 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 characterised 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. In the end, pigments could be added on the decorations, to create beautiful polychromatic vessels.

Weight 591.9 g
Dimensions W 21.4 x H 3.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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