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Jar with Four Ibex

Jar with Four Ibex

c. 2800-2500 BC

Ceramic with black slip

Overall: 12.2 x 23 cm (4 13/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2001.1

Fun Fact

The long-horned ibex is at home in the Himalaya mountains, the source of the Indus River.

Description

Large numbers of ceramic vessels decorated with black slip have been found among the sophisticated urban settlements of South Asia's protohistoric Indus Valley civilization. The walls of this jar are so thin that it must have been created on a potter's wheel.The four male ibex have two curving horns of exaggerated length, and three hairs under the chin.

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