Ancient Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan Culture), Circa 3300 - 2000 BC. straight-sided hemispherical terracotta cup, elegantly hand painted in brown polychrome against a beige ground with two advancing large horned Zebu Bulls separated by coniferous trees and some stylized letters and rayed Sun symbols, enclosed by encircling rings painted on the rim and the base.
Approximate diameter: 11.5 cm (4 17⁄32 inches)
Approximate height: 7.5 cm (2 61⁄64 inches)
CONDITION: Showing its age and usage with beautiful old patina caused by the earthen mineral deposits, clean break glued together.
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Provenance: Ex-private Canadian collection.
The Indus Valley Civilisation (also known as the Harappan culture) extended from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India and was one of the three early earliest and widespread cradles of civilisations along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Aridification of the region during the 3rd millennium B.C may have been the initial spur for the urbanisation associated with the civilisation. At its peak, the Indus Civilisation, which included such sites as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, may have had a population of over five million.