AUD $380.00
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Indus Valley "bull" Statue.

Sorry, this lovely sculpture is no longer available. We may however still have a similar one soon.

A charming little ”terra cotta” Brahman Bull from the Indus Valley Civilization. Boldly decorated with freely applied bands and hatching of matte Black.
His face is very cute with bespectacled inscribed eyes and mouth, it's very broad and solid horns are decorated with repeated bands not unlike that done by contemporary Hindu farmers.
It is believed that this Civilization was destroyed when the water supplies were removed, for the rivers upon which it was built changed course and moved away.
This and Aryan invasions are thought to have lead to it’s disintegration and ultimate absorbtion into what would eventually become Hinduism.
These ”Bulls” are usually termed ”toys” (his hump is gently pinched, as though to allow easy holding during play) but as mystery still envelops the Indus Valley Civilization, they may also have had religious purposes (either as votive offerings or worshipped on domestic shrines.) This devotion to the Bull, may in turn have been carried over into Hinduism, as it developed, then travelled on into the rest of India.

This bull is a larger than the other we have (see IV103) in fact it weighs almost double.

He appears to be in excellent condition and I haven't been able to find any hidden repairs.

Age: Circa 1,500 BC.

Size: L 118 mm x H 108 mm x W 88 mm.

Weight: 324 grams.