15 • A Large Terracotta Jar

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC
Size: 43 cm high, 35 cm diameter

The decoration around this jar is a rare illustration of the herder-gatherer culture of the Indus Valley.  Three large zebu bulls are tethered to trees, standing on cultivated fields, with a variety of trees and a single large bird.