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MT1402

A Mehrgarh terracotta mother & child, Indus Valley Civilization, c. 3000 - 2500 BC,

This sensitive mother and child portrayal is finely hand modeled from solid, beige clay; the mother is depicted sitting naked, the femininity of her large hips and swelling breasts accentuated, both her arms lovingly encircle a tiny infant whose small body is pressed against her breasts.  The pointed face of the child lacks much detail except for the pierced eyes, wearing a small semi-circular headdress, the base of which is punctuated with tiny dots. This dot decoration is reflected in the mother's long, elaborate and ornamented hair, her circular earrings and her multi-layered necklace.

The Indus River valley sites in places like Harrapa, Mahenjo-daro, and Mergarh in Baluchistan, have revealed complex urban settlements from the early beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. Excavations which began in the 1920's revealed that these sites belonged to a distinct culture from which ancient Indian civilization sprang. 

Confer: J. Aruz, ed., Art of the First Cities, the Third Millennium BC from the Mediterranean to the Indus, (New York, 2003), pp. 381-384; and Karachi, National Museum, Pakistan, inv. no. EB 1002/1003 & no. 145.

Condition:  Loss of feet, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.  An exceptionally fine example.

Dimensions:   Height:  8.89 cm ( 3.5 inches) 

Provenance:   S. Bono private collection, Chicago, Il, acquired from the London trade.

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