Indus Valley Terracotta Vessel
Circa 2500-2000 BC
An Indus Valley drinking or storage vessel, potted in terracotta. The vessel features a flat base, globular body, short neck and a slightly flaring rim. Dark pigmentation decorates the surface of the body and neck. Traces of earthly encrustations to the surface, some chips to the rim.
Measurements: 5.5cm height, 3.5cm width
The Bronze Age is a prehistoric period that was characterised by the use of bronze, in some areas proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilisation. The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system, as proposed in modern times by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, for classifying and studying ancient societies.
An ancient civilisation is defined to be in the Bronze Age either by producing bronze by smelting its own copper and alloying with tin, arsenic, or other metals, or by trading for bronze from production areas elsewhere. Bronze is harder and more durable than other metals available at the time, allowing Bronze Age civilisation’s to gain a technological advantage.
From the David Gold (deceased) collection, 1970s
Sold at auction by Ancient Art, The Gallery, London in 2021
Bought in 2021, and now makes up part of the authors private collection.