ART OF THE INDUS VALLEY

Rare Relics Of A Little Known Civilization



      It was in the mid 4th millennium BC that the first major civilizations began to arise along major river systems such as the Nile and the Tigris Euphrates. Though not so well known the Indus Valley or Harappan culture was one of the greatest of these early civilizations. It arose along the Indus river in what is now Pakistan around 3500 BC and reached its peak from 2900 - 1900 BC. The capital seems to have been near the small modern town of Harappa whence its name but there were other large cities at Mohenjo Daro, Mehrgarh and elsewhere. At its peak it was a vast empire of cities, towns and public works that stretched from Afghanistan to the Indian ocean. But by c. 1300 the Harappan civilization had vanished likely due to prolonged failure of the monsoon rains. In contrast to cuneiform and hieroglyphics the writing system of the Indus culture has still not been deciphered. More information can be found at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_Valley_Civilization.


SEALS POTTERY FIGURES BRONZE


INDUS VALLEY STAMP & CYLINDER SEALS

6970. AN INDUS VALLEY SEAL, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. The black stone seal with one standing, one kneeling figure. 22 mm. Excellent condition.

$2500.



6971. AN INDUS VALLEY CYLINDER SEAL, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. The tan stone seal with 3 large animals. 24 mm. Nice condition.

$2500.



6972. AN INDUS VALLEY CYLINDER SEAL, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. The tan stone seal with 2 large animals. 24 mm. Nice condition. Better than rollout, clay was damaged on left animal.

$2500.



6973. AN INDUS VALLEY TRIANGULAR SEAL, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. The tan stone seal with 2 large birds and a scarab-like insect. 20 mm. Nice condition.

$2500.



INDUS VALLEY POTTERY

EXCEPTIONAL LARGE EXAMPLE

11514. HUGE MEHRGARH? POLYCHROME FIGURAL VESSEL, Indus Valley, c. 2500 BC. ~2.5x3 ft! An exceptionally large example with complex painted designs. Cracks and some repair.

Provenance: A private New Jersey collection. Inspected and cleared by US Customs entering the US thus legally in the country.

Price on request.



7815. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL VESSEL, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with two large bulls separated by vegetation. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 3.5 x 4.5 inches.

$2500.



7816. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL GOBLET, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The vessel painted with register of ibex and geometric bands of dots and rings. Light lime deposits attesting authenticity. 3 x 4 inches.

$650.



7817. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL POT, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with two large bulls separated by vegetation, four fowls above. Minor lime deposits attesting authenticity. 4 x 4 inches.

$2500.



7818. RARE LARGE MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL VESSEL, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with a register of felines around the shoulder, two registers with many ibex, solar and rain? symbols, a wavy raised band between. Minor lime deposits attesting authenticity. 5.5 x 5.25 inches.

$1250.



7821. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL BOWL, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The bowl painted with three felines separated by large trees. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 3 x 6 inches.

$850.



7822. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL CUP, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The cup painted with two large bulls separated by vegetation. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 3 x 4 inches.

$1450.



7824. ELEGANT MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL POT, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with a register of numerous small ibex within linear bands. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

$850.



7825. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL POT, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with registers of felines and ibex separated by flowers. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 6 x 6.5 inches.

$1850.



7826. MEHRGARH BICHROME FISH BOWL, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The bowl painted with two large fish with linear bands above and below. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 3 x 4.5 inches.

$2500.



7827. MEHRGARH LARGE FISH BICHROME BOWL, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The bowl painted with three large fish with linear and arrow bands above and below. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 4.5 x 7 inches.

$3000.



7840. MEHRGARH LARGE BICHROME FIGURAL POT, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with large bulls, fowls and trees a register of numerous small ibex above. Repaired from five large shards. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 6 x 7 inches.

$4500.



7842. MEHRGARH BICHROME FIGURAL POT, Indus Valley, c. 3rd millennium BC. The pot painted with a register of numerous small ibex above large bulls within vegetation and linear bands. Some lime deposits attesting authenticity. 4 x 4 inches.

$2500.



INDUS VALLEY HUMAN & ANIMAL FIGURES

6182. INDUS VALLEY FERTILITY IDOL. Indus Valley, c. 1500-500 BC. The female idol with arms crossed under breasts. 3.5 x 6.25 inches. Chip to nose and chip missing back base. Free standing. Rare!

$2500.



6183. INDUS VALLEY FERTILITY IDOL. Indus Valley, c. 1500-500 BC. The female idol with stub arms, the very tips chipped. 3 x 6.5 inches. Free standing. Rare!

$2500.



6184. INDUS VALLEY FERTILITY IDOL. Indus Valley, c. 2000-1000 BC. The female idol with arms crossed under breasts, an animal or child on left arm. 2.25 x 6 inches. Rear base rim missing. Very rare with the additional figure!

$3500.



10728. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (left in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 5"h x 4"w x 3"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10729. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (center in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 5"h x 4"w x 3.5"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10730. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (right in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 4.5"h x 3.75"w x 2.25"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10731. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (left in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 5.5"h x 4"w x 4.5"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10732. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (right in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 5"h x 6"w x 5"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10733. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY HEAD (right in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 4"h x 4.5"w x 2.75"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



10734. RARE LARGE INDUS VALLEY POTTERY FIGURE (right in the photo), c. 1500-500 BC. 8"h x 4"w x 2.5"d. Heavy solid hard fired pottery. With what looks like writing around the neck. Needs additional research.

Provenance. Gifted to the father of the current owner in appreciation to his services to the local community in India in the early 20th century. Side view.

$2500.



7179. EARLY INDUS VALLEY FERTILITY FIGURE, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. 17 x 7 cm.

$1250.



7181. EARLY INDUS VALLEY FERTILITY FIGURE, c. 3rd-2nd millennium BC. 14 cm.

$650.



INDUS VALLEY SILVER & BRONZE ART

6187. SUBSTANTIAL INDUS VALLEY / BACTRIAN SILVER RING, c. 2500-1000 BC. The heavy ring with bands of raised knobs, two silver rosettes likely the tops and bottoms of lotus flowers attached on either side. 1 inch, 0.7 -0.75 inches internal. Wearable. Rare.

$450.



9806. FINE INDUS VALLEY BRONZE COMBINATION CLOAK PIN AND MIRROR, ca. 1st millennium BC. The pin with large oval head with repousse design with floral rosette within band of dots. 3.75 x 12 inches. Excellent example. Very rare.

Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from a New Jersey collection in the 1990's, previously from the European market via established dealers.

$1250.



9807. FINE INDUS VALLEY BRONZE COMBINATION CLOAK PIN AND MIRROR, ca. 1st millennium BC. The mirror with large polished circular face with heavy long pin handle with perforated knobs at top for attachments. 5.2 x 12.5 inches. Excellent example. Very rare.

Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from a New Jersey collection in the 1990's, previously from the European market via established dealers.

$850.



6193. INDUS VALLEY / BACTRIAN BRONZE MEDICAL OR COSMETIC SET, c. 2500-1000 BC. The unusual pin probe with three knobbed terminals, the spatula/scalpel with ornate knobbed handle with suspension loop. To 3.5 inches. Rare this nice.

$350.