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Proto-Historic Pottery of Indus Valley Civilisation

Study of Painted Motifs (Illustrated with Photographs, Charts and Drawings)
In the 1920s was found one of the world’s oldest, most mysterious civilizations: the Indus Valley. Which, in view of the relatively more recent archaeological evidence, could possibly have evolved from a much older, indigenous culture: of about nine millenn below

About This Book
In the 1920s was found one of the world’s oldest, most mysterious civilizations: the Indus Valley. Which, in view of the relatively more recent archaeological evidence, could possibly have evolved from a much older, indigenous culture: of about nine millennia ago — some 6000 years before the growth of Mesopotamian urbanism or about 2000 years before the Egyptian’s. Among a variety of excavated material remains, pottery affords a significant clue that influences archaeologists’ conclusions.
Despite many a scholar’s avowed fascination for the pottery of the Indian subcontinent — since John Marshall’s days, Dr. Satyawadi’s book becomes the first-ever, exclusive study of its art motifs: from the earliest times to 1750 bc Marshalling a whole diversity of painted-pottery motifs: from potsherds, from excavatory reports, and from as many as twenty archaeological museums of India, it explores the genesis of popular themes/forms and how they developed from their most primitive character to mature Harappan period — with sharp focus on their creative purpose, stylistic/formal variants and their spatial-temporal parameters. Also surveying extensively the painted pottery of Indus Valley: of both pre- and post-Harappan cultures, the author painstakingly classifies art motifs into their different genres: religious, ritualistic, decorative, superstitious, and personal. And into their different forms too, like geometrical, floral, faunal, other.
In her effort to probe the beginnings of pre-Harappan pottery motifs, the artist in Dr. Satyawadi visualizes their continuity not only in mature Harappan cultures, but even in contemporary folk and tribal art of India: almost in their pristine, primitive form -- keeping alive, from generation to generation, an insistent, inherently powerful tradition, despite the ravages of time. The author also tries to trace the linkages between the painted motifs (on pottery) of Indus Valley and other old-world cultures, notably, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Afghan, Iranian, and Baluchi.
With one hundred thirty six photographic reproductions, this study is supplemented by over 650 line-drawings which, (all beautifully copied by the author herself straight from museum exhibits), try to capture the panorama of protohistoric art motifs in their essential variety and pristine splendour.
  • Foreword By : B. B. Lal
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600306
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124600309
  • Edition : 1st Revised Edition
  • Year : 2016
  • Pages : 324 p.
  • Size : 29
  • Weight (approx.) : 1200
  • Bibliographic Details : Maps; Charts; 652 Line drawings; 138 Colour illustrations; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
List of Colour Illustrations
Map Showing Sites Mentioned in the Text
Map Showing Distribution of Indus Valley Sites
1. Scope, Framework and Methodology
Geographical Regions
Geographical Features
Time Span
Shape of Potteries
Ground Colour
2. History, Purpose and Classification
History of Motifs
Purpose of Motifs
Kinds of Motifs
3. Empirical Investigation and Description
Geometrical Motifs
Cross Pattern -- Checkerboard Pattern -- Triangle Type -- Swastika Style -- Meandering Lines Type -- Axe Type Design -- Loop Type -- Fish Scale Pattern -- Simple Fish Scale Motif -- Fish Scale with Additional Designs -- Circle Design -- Spiral Pattern -- Bead Type -- Floral Motifs -- Palm Shape -- Banana Design -- Neem Type -- Acacia Design -- Unidentified Plant Design -- Peepal Type -- Single Leaf Pattarn -- Rosette Design -- Lotus Flower Type -- Peepal Rosette Style -- Sun Flower Design -- Geometric Flower Design -- Bean Type
Faunal Motifs
Animal Designs -- Bird Pattern -- Fish Design -- Horn and Bull Head Type
Other Significant Motifs
Sun Pattern -- Star Shape -- Comb Type
4. Conclusion
In-depth Study Of Selected Motifs
Checker Board Pattern -- Horn Type -- Comb Type -- Sun and Rosette Pattern -- Plant Type -- Intersecting Circle Design -- Fish Design -- Bird Pattern -- Animal Design -- Fish Scale Design
Comparison of Motifs on Territorial Basis
Mesopotamia and Indus Valley -- Iran and Indus Valley -- Baluchistan and Indus Valley
Spatial and Temporal Development of Motifs -- Charts 
Checker Board Motifs -- Horn & Bull Head Motifs -- Comb Motifs -- Sun and Rosette Motifs -- Plant (Peepal/Leaf) Motifs -- Intersecting Circle Motifs -- Fish Motifs -- Bird Motifs -- Animal Motifs -- Fish Scale Motifs
Indus Culture -- Style Shown in Ancient Scriptures
Appendix I : Sources of Figures
Appendix II : Excavations and Researches
Appendix III : Excavated Sites (Period Sites)
Appendix IV : Introduction to Sites
Appendix V :  Radio-Carbon Dating
Colour Plates
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