The lower part of a finely moulded Indus Valley Chalcolithic terracotta figurine. It once belonged to a complete figurine depicting a seated Indus Valley fertility goddess. Despite the fragmentary status, the confidently sculpted contours shape a naturalistic female body, with great sensual appeal emphasised by her narrowed waist, widened hips and well-proportioned legs. Incised lines on her feet sensitively represent her toes.
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: 7.2cm length
Provenance: From the David Gold (deceased) collection, 1970s.
- Indus Valley Chalcolithic
- Terracotta Figurine Fragment
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa. 2000- 1500 BC