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MOHENJO-DARO Anonymous (c. 2600 BCE - 1900 BCE)

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3rd millennium BCE Indus Valley Harappan Ceramics

MOHENJO-DARO Anonymous (c. 2600 BCE - 1900 BCE) Primary
3 millenium BCE
3rd millennium BCE
Mohenjo-daro. Indus Valley India.
Delhi. National Museum.
These early examples of ceramics are also decorated with bulls. The bulls are of two different types, just as is the pottery which represents the divergent styles practiced in the sites excavated so far, Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa. While the red and black decoration of the vessel on the right is fairly primitive, the blue and white pottery on the right is decorated with extremely sophisticated designs. Indus Valley potters used both the potter's wheel and high fire kilns. The two bulls, with the exaggerated humps on their backs are zebu, a species of cattle that may have been domesticated in the Indus Valley, and which are the ancestors of the brahma bulls still raised in India. This type of bull is much better able to withstand the high heat of the Indian subcontinent than are the bulls of European derivation.

Caption: MOHENJO-DARO | Pottery. | 3 millenium BCE | Indian | Indus Valley

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