AUD $2,400.00

Indus Valley "fish" Jar


A wide delightfully refined, decorated pottery jar, from the Indus Valley Civilization.
This jar (or pot) has linear borders and diamond/striped fish painted in a matte Burnt Umber glaze infilled with delicate matte Turquoise washes and Red Ochre fins, against a muted Naples Yellow Ochre ground. 

The parrallel vertical lines and concentric squares, that punctuate the pairs of horizontal fish, have a very Mayan, yet also Etruscan, feel to both the linework and the colours used.
These fish link our thoughts with fertility, rivers and water.
It is believed that the Indus Valley Civilization was destroyed when the water supplies were removed, when the rivers upon which it was built changed course and moved away. In hindsight such innocent fish indicate a time of plenty, doomed to end.

The clay itself is a mildly toned buff earthenware. Around the flat top are dynamic radiating "steps" which look quite Navajo.

The skilled wheel throwing has produced a fine thin jar not unlike the fineness of the high quality porcelains of China and in more recent centuries the West.
The vertical sides are slightly concave, possibly to allow extra grip, and turn sharply horizontal narrowing to a lipped central opening, and sit firmly on a flat base.

Generally in very good condition, for it’s age (which is roughly 3,500 years !)
There is a chip on the outer rim (about 1 cm long) and another fine crack in the base where a flaked chip has been subtley reglued, it's not that obvious though, and there is also a 3 cm fault like a crack in the base (see images)

Some muddy encrustations are scattered over the lower surface, near the base, these are often applied to disguise repairs and fine cracks, however I don’t think this is the case.

Age: Circa 1,500 B.C.

Size: H 79 mm x W 157 mm

Weight: 437 grams.