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INDUS VALLEY PAINTED VESSEL WITH BULLS

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C. 3rd millennium BC. Ancient Central Asia, Indus Valley. A fine example of an Indus Valley civilisation bowl, comprising a slightly flaring body and a ring foot. The ochre coloured vessel is decorated with black motifs two humped bulls, with long, curving horns, shown in profile, separated two vegetal motifs and framed by a series of black bands and geometric designs. The Indus Valley Civilisation was an important Bronze Age culture which arose in c. 3300 BC and lasted until c. 1300, though its heyday, to which this ceramic vessel belongs, was in the 3rd millennium BC. The bull, with its hump and powerful horns, is a recurring motif in the Indus Valley, appearing on painted pottery like this example but also on figurines and stamps. The animal may represent the leader of a herd, who is able to protect his followers, or it could be a reflection of the bull’s importance in religious sacrifice. Cf. N. Satyawadi, 1994. Proto-Historic Pottery of the Indus Valley Civilisation: Study of Painted Motifs, New Delhi. Excellent condition. Provenance: Property of a North London professional; previously acquire on the UK/European art market in the 1980s; Size: H:100mm / W:140.5mm ; 374g
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INDUS VALLEY PAINTED VESSEL WITH BULLS

Estimate £100 - £200Jul 26, 2020
Starting Price £50
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