Indus Valley Terracotta Vessel


An Indus Valley terracotta vessel featuring a flat base and a cylindrical body which slightly extends outwards towards a protruding rim along the shoulder. The neck tapers in leading to a folded rim. The piece has been further enriched with geometric motifs painted in a black pigment. The body is decorated with several centred circles linked together by different lines. The register is framed by three horizontal lines above and four below.

Date: Circa 2500-2000 BC
Condition: Fine condition, slight chip to rim and body. Minor crack to upper body, encrustation is visible to 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 380.1 g
Dimensions W 11.7 x H 10.2 cm

Pottery and Porcelain