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Seller: Top-Rated Seller dave1000.123 (3,991) 100%, Location: Traralgon, Victoria, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183879412106 Ancient Indus Valley Pottery VESSEL LID or BOWL, Three fish painted in polychrome pigments between black lines and geometric designs. 4.5 cm height. 14.5 cm diameter. 279 grams Heavily encrusted in most areas still, most polychrome pigment remains. No repairs or damage although the usual tiny chips to edges and surfaces as expected and a small section on the underside which was fretting has had some paint added to secure it. Does not detract from the bowl at all. There is a knob attached to the inside centre of the bowl which would indicate this is a storage vessel or pot lid, rather than a bowl for eating from. Similar can be seen from ancient Chinese pottery examples with similar knob. Some earth accretions remain, removable with much care. My collection for the last ten years, previously from an England collection Certificate of authenticity upon request. From the late end of the Ancient Indus Valley civilisation, approximately 1800 B.C.E. Indus Valley was only discovered for the west in 1921 and excavations didn't begin till 1926 and never on the scale of ancient Egypt even though they existed at the same point in time, only a few thousand kilometres apart. Indus have been found to have been the earliest users of polychrome paints, surpassing the Mesopotamians who were previously thought to be the earliest users. The Indus Valley civilisation have also now been found to be the earliest practitioners of dentistry, were advanced in town planning, sewerage and water at a very early point in civilisation. Condition: Some wear to the polychrome painting and looks to be original with no over painting. Heavily encrusted, the knob in the centre is the same design of pot lids used by ancient Chinese potters. No repairs, thick walled., Colour: Multi-Coloured, Originating Region: Indus Valley, Era: 2000 B.C., Material: Clay, Original/Reproduction: Original

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