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Indus Valley "fish" Cup

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A delightful, very refined, decorated pottery drinking cup, from the Indus Valley Civilization.
This drinking cup has linear borders and striped fish in a matte Burnt Umber glaze infilled with delicate matte Turquoise heads and Red Ochre fins, against a muted Naples Yellow Ochre ground.
There’s a very Mayan, yet also Etruscan, feel to both the linework and the colours used on this piece.
The clay itself is a mildly toned buff/terra cotta.

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.

Such innocent fish indicate a time of plenty, doomed to end.

The skilled wheel throwing has produced a fine thin cup not unlike the fineness of the high quality porcelains of China and in more recent centuries the West.
The vertical sides, narrowing towards the rim, are slightly concave to allow extra grip and the cup sits on a low, turned base.

Generally in very good condition, for it’s age (which is roughly 3,500 years!)
There are two smallish shallow chips in the rim (one is 1 cm long, the other half that length) they’re not that obvious, but do interrupt the Umber line that runs around the rim.

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

Age: Circa 1,500 B.C.

Size:D 80 mm x H 62 mm

Weight: 93 grams.