Ancient Pottery



Pottery making was the earliest vocation of mankind and there are so many traces of this earleist vocation that are being excavated and given proper treatment. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro have thrown up ancient pottery such as terracotta figures of a dancing girl and other female figures, male figures, a figurine of a cart being drawn by oxen or buffalos. There are also figures of dogs with collars, rhinoceros, feline and bovine creatures, deer, birds, water buffalos, rams, elephants. These forms of antique pottery are rudimentary creations, no doubt, yet they are proof that even as early as 3300 BC, people were artistically inclined.

Information on Ancient Pottery

The ancient pottery pieces tell us a lot about the life of the Harappan people. The female figures made of terracotta are attired in what looks like a belt or short skirt, and a typical headdress. This tells us about the dress of the people of the Indus Valley civilization.

There is some confusion regarding the headdress that is painted black: while some scholars hold that it was worn by distinguished people, others are of the opinion that the headdress is actually hair spread out on a bamboo frame. Many figures of birds and dogs give us an idea that these creatures were perhaps domesticated. The figures of animals with holes through the shoulders also indicate that they were perhaps used as toys.

The ancient pottery of India that has been discovered at the Harappa and Mohenjodaro sites also include terracotta masks. In addition, several obscure objects, jewelry and utensils have also been found.

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