Indus Valley Terracotta Polychrome Bowl

£ 200.00

A large Indus Valley bowl modelled from terracotta and decorated with a variety of both geometrical and zoomorphic motifs, painted in a dark brown colour. From a rounded and diminutive flat foot a large body rises and ends in a wide mouth. On the inside, three stylized fish run along the outer border while in the centre an intricate pattern of squares and stripes decorate the inside of three concentric circles. Further black stripes run also on the rim while traces of the original decoration now indecipherable cover the outside.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, with a few chips to the rim and some earthly encrustations on the surface.


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. They are known to be skilled in a wide range of techniques, but it is thanks to pottery production if 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, a geometric repetition of shapes and lines. Also animals and plants, rendered in a stylized manner, abounded on their creations.  Furthermore, short ring foots and bowls with inward-turned rims seem to be as well among the main properties of the Nal’s pottery. In the end, pigments could be added on the decorations, to create beautiful colourful vessels.

Weight 364.6 g
Dimensions W 17.5 x H 8.1 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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

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