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Seals with bulls.
3rd millennium BCE Indus Valley Indus Valley Applied Arts

INDUS VALLEY Anonymous (c. 3000 BCE - 1800 BCE)
INDUS VALLEY Anonymous (c. 3000 BCE - 1800 BCE) Primary
c. 2500 BCE
3rd millennium BCE
13.9 cm
Indus Valley
Mohenjo-daro. Indus Valley India.
Delhi. National Museum.
Great numbers of seals made of steatite were found at Mohenjo-Daro. Many, like these, contain images of bulls as well as inscriptions. Such seals were pressed into wet clay and were used like a personal signature. It is quite possible that they were used to distinguish the products of a particular workshop or to mark contracts between trading companies in the same way that Greek coins were later used to mark the amphorae that contained the wine which was produced in a particular city. Unfortunately, the inscriptions on Indus Valley seals are indecipherable at the present time.

Caption: INDUS VALLEY | Bull seals. | c. 2500 BCE | Indian | Harappan

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