New discoveries from the Indo-Iranian borderlands have significantly changed our knowledge of the early history of South Asia. Sites such as Mehrgarh in Balochistan reveal the transition from the beginning of agriculture to urban settlements. The angular shapes and painting of vessels from Balochistan are unique, ranging from figurative images of bulls and fish to bold geometric designs. These pots were used for cooking and storage but were also found in graves, suggesting they may have had a ceremonial function.


  • Title: Balochistan Pot (on loan)
  • Date Created: 3500-2800 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: India & the World, IatW
  • Original Source: TAPI Collection of Praful and Shilpa Shah, Surat
  • Medium: Terracotta with polychromy
  • Province: Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Accession ID: A.05.14

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