Indus Valley Terracotta Jar with Painted Animals

Description
Indus Valley Terracotta Jar with Painted Animals
Circa 2600-2000 BC

A finely moulded Indus Valley polychrome jar featuring a horizontal register depicting colourful zoomorphic creatures. There is some white paint on this jar, which is a unique feature to this type of jar. There are additional geometric motifs along the body. It has a flat rounded foot, from which its oval-shaped body rises and narrows into a slightly flared rim. A few chips to the rim. This item has been restored and overpainted.

The Indus Valley Civilisation extended from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and north-west India. It was one of three early and widespread cradles of civilisation along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. At its peak, the Indus Valley Civilisation, which included such sites as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, may have had a population of over five million, who developed new techniques in pottery, seal carving, and metallurgy.

Measurements: circa 7.8cm height

Provenance: From the David Gold (deceased) collection, 1970’s.

Lot details
Culture
Indus Valley
Material
Terracotta
Object
Jar with Painted Animals
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2600-2000 BC
Condition
Restored
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