Indus Valley Terracotta Jar

£ 225.00

An Indus Valley terracotta jar featuring a globular body which tapers in at the base and neck. The walls rise up slightly to form the circular rim. The vessel sits upon a flat base and has been enriched with a geometric design painted in a black pigment. A register of triangular motifs has been created by the repetition of three parallel lines placed in a diagonal manor. The design is framed by a thin continuous band above and below.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, minor scratches from age, encrustation visible to the surface.


SKU: LD-490 Category: Tags: ,

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 218.7 g
Dimensions W 10.8 x H 7.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain