Ancient Indus Valley Terracotta Jar

£ 225.00

A very fine Indus Valley terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted, folded rim. The vessel is further enriched with two horizontal bands circling the body and the neck and rim are painted in a dark pigment.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, minor chips and scratches to the body, repairs to the neck and and earthly encrustation covers 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 430.02 g
Dimensions W 11.2 x H 11.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain