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Mohenjo-Daro: Pottery of the Indus Valley period, Mohenjo-daro Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Mohenjo-Daro: Pottery of the Indus Valley period, Mohenjo-daro Museum
Author(s): Herbert E, Budek Films and mounted transparencys, Santa Barbara, California
Keywords: Indus Valley Pottery and Sculpture;ceramics;Mohenjo-Daro;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Illustrated here are two types of pots not produced in great quantities, the purposes of which were also somewhat unique compared to the everyday wares, The example on the left shows evidence of polychromy, geometric designs in red and green on buff as opposed to the usual black designs on either red or white slip, Because this pot is small in contrast to the large food-storage variety in the previous slide, its use was probably not that of an everyday utensil, It might very well have stored food stuffs, but not in provisional quantity, On the right of our slide is a long cylindrical vase perforated at many places over the surface, It is covered all over with a white slip and bears no decoration whatsoever, The use of this special type of pot is debatable, but it seems likely that it was either filled with live coal to serve as a heater or was a religious vessel for sprinkling water through the multiple perforations as the Indians use today over a child in the expiatory ceremony to remove the misfortune of being born under an ill-omened star,
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-93


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