Indus Valley Pottery Polychrome Plate

Indus Valley Pottery Polychrome Plate
Circa 2600- 2000 BC

An Indus Valley red terracotta plate, featuring an intricate geometric colourful decoration, covering the whole interior surface. The central medallion features the stylised representation of an ibex, an animal common in Indus Valley and near Eastern territories. The vessel has been repainted in antiquity.

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: 12.3cm diameter

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

Lot details
Indus Valley
Polychrome Plate
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2600- 2000 BC
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