A Deer from Lothal

"The Lothal craftsmen exhibited originality of thinking and great resourcefulness. As an example we may mention the new style of earthenware with animal motifs which are more realistic than those on the Indus valley pottery," writes excavator S.R. Rao. Later, Rao adds, "The caprids which were much favoured in the Provincial Style appear more graceful in their natural environment than the animals appearing on the Indus pottery. The best example of this style is a large sherd on which s tag standing majestically below a tree is painted in black over red. The graceful curves of the neck and the branching of its horns are in perfect harmony with the drooping branches of the tree." (S.R. Rao, Lothal 1955-62, I, pp. 26, 96.).