After many decades of research, the Indus Civilization is still something of an enigma -- an ancient civilization with a writing system that still awaits convincing decipherment, monumental architecture whose function still eludes us, no monumental
Slides of photographs of clay fingurines and statues which were excavated from archaeological sites of the ancient Indus Valley peoples by Georg Helmes.
The hair of female figurines is sometimes bound up in a sort of "turban". Approximate dimensions (W x H x D): 3.6 x 9.5 x 2.8 cm.
One of the largest female figurines found at Harappa has a (badly broken) fan-shaped pannier headdress with black residue in the cups of the panniers and a forward-projecting face.
Although most Indus Civilization female figurines are quite curvaceous, some "fat" female figurines are also found. These are often hollow, but sometimes solid.
The infants being nursed by female figurines are usually very schematically represented by a bent and pinched roll of clay with or without applied eyes.
Some quadruped figurines are difficult to classify because the general form and many of the attributes of humpless cattle, water buffalo, and even rams may be very similar. Any of the three may have incising on the face and/or horns.
Other feline figurines with large round ears and beards may represent tigers or lions. They are often depicted either standing or lying down with their legs extended to one side. Approximate dimensions (W x H(L) x D) of the larger figurine: 3.3 x 8.2
Although many animal figurines have identifiable traits (e. g., the applied "hide" and horn typical of a rhinoceros figurine), some figurines are not readily identifiable.