Food

Ancient Indus Civilization food related objects and materials.

Fish below deck

Fish are stowed beneath the floor boards of the boat's deck to protect them from the sun. The traditional vessels do not carry ice and it is important to keep these fish out of the sun so that they do not spoil.

Ravi Phase Pit

During the Ravi Phase (circa 3300-2800 BCE) the earliest inhabitants lived in huts made of wooden posts probably covered with reeds and clay. They stored grain and other foodstuffs in small bell shaped pits that were plastered with fine clay.

Shell ladle

Large ladle found with burial pottery in a disturbed burial of the Harappan cemetery. Shell ladles were probably used in special rituals for dispensing sacred liquids such as water or oil.

Plate

Plate with vertical sides. Copper and bronze plates were probably used exclusively by wealthy upper class city dwellers.

Material: copper/bronze
Dimensions: 4.3 cm height, 30.3 cm dia.
Mohenjo-daro, DK 10781A
National Museum, Karachi, NMP 52.1028

Cooking vessel

Ledged cooking vessel with high neck and flaring rim. This metal vessel is almost identical to many terra cotta cooking vessels and was probably intended for a very wealthy family.

Cooking pots, Nausharo

Ledge shouldered cooking pots with low neck and flaring rim. One vessel has red slip on the neck and rim, while the other is fired grey-black. A small black fired bowl is seen in the foreground. Period III, Harappan, 2300-2200 B. C.

Material: terra

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