Indus Valley Zebu bull

 

 

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Measurements: item A: 8 cm length, 8 cm height; item B: 8.5 cm length, 6.5 cm height; item C: 7.3 cm length, 6 cm height

 

Description: A selection of Indus Valley Civilisation miniature terracotta bichrome bull figures representing humped and long-horned Zebu bulls. The hump on the bulls' backs symbolise power, strength, virility and leadership. Bulls were a significant symbolic animal in the Harappan Civilisation's iconography and were revered for their great spiritual purpose. Terracotta Zebu bull figurines have been unearthed throughout the Indus Valley, suggesting a commonality of style and purpose during this period. The bull itself is a domesticated form of the Asian auroch and was common during the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Artistic representations of these bulls symbolised the leader of the herd.

 

Item A features a rounded triangular head with wide open round eyes, oversized horns and four pointed feet. The bull is decorated with black on cream motifs, with bands adorning the horns, a triangle on the forehead, a dark yolk or collar around its neck and various other decorations. A small hump on its rear represents its short tail.

 

Item B features a life-like head with long snout, sunken eyes and realistically sized horns. Its pairs of front and hind legs are conjoined. The bull is decorated with black on cream motifs, with bands adorning the horns, a triangle on the forehead, a dark yolk or collar around its neck and various other decorations over its body, including cross-hatching running from its horn down to its front legs.

 

Item C displays a rounded triangular head with wide open round eyes, oversized horns and four pointed feet. The bull is decorated with black on cream motifs, with bands adorning the horns, a triangle on the forehead and various other decorations. Its tail hangs down its rear. The left flank of the bull extends lower than the right side.

 

Price is per each item. Please e-mail the letter of your preferred bull figure prior to your purchase.

 

Reference: Ashmolean Museum

The British Museum

 

Period: Harappan period, 2600 - 2450 BC

 

Condition: All very fine, intact. Item A has chipping to the legs, earthy encrustations over the whole and deterioration to the slip on the bull's rear. Item B has earthy encrustations over the whole and deterioration to the slip along the figure's back. Item C has a large chip to the left side of the bull, earthy encrustations over the whole and deterioration to the slip on the figure's back and rear.

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