A strikingly-interesting Indus Valley artifact from a civilization rivaling (and perhaps exceeding)the age of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Located in Northwest India and what is now Pakistan, most of this type of pottery has been discovered in or around Herrapa in West Punjab Pakistan or Mohenjodaro in the Sind region of India.
Wheel-turned, these pots are formed from brick-red clay and usually have the decorative outlines painted in black before firing and then colored within the design after cooling in red and green. Typically the designs run from geometric shapes to figures of animals---cows,birds, snakes and fish to tree and plant patterns. A recurring favorite was the pipal leaf (the "tree of life").
This example is representative of those found at Mehrharh dating from the third millennium B.C into the mature period of the Bronze Age. It is quite thin walled and of demi-globular shape and tapered bottom. The entire bowl is girdled with, goggle-eyed fish, a humped bull, a large stylized pipal leaf and assorted geometric shapes in red & green.
Considering its age and apparent delicacy the bowl has miraculously survived with only minor rim chips and one old lip repair. The colors are still quite vivid although covered with a haze of reddish mud which has been left intact. Measures 8" in diameter by 4" tall.
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