Indus Valley Terracotta Cup with Fishes

Indus Valley Terracotta Cup with Fishes
Circa 2500-2000 BC

A finely moulded Indus Valley polychrome cup features a horizontal register depicting colourfully painted fish. It has a diminutive rounded foot, from which its oval-shaped body rises and narrowing into a slightly flared rim. Pigments have remained highly visible. The cup has been chipped and repaired.

The Indus Valley Civilisation extended from what today is north east 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: 7.9cm height, 5.8cm width

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

Lot details
Indus Valley
Cup with Fishes
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2500-2000 BC
restored and overpainted
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