At the peak of the Indus Civilization or the Harappan Period (Period 3), the most common dress for female figurines was the belt and/or short skirt usually situated at the same point on the hips as the figurine’s hands.
Headdress related figurines and objects from the ancient Indus civilization.
Some of the female figurines are very ornate with elaborate headdresses, chokers and/or necklaces, and decorated multiple-strand belts.
A few female figurines from Harappa have a sort of "tiara" attached to the front of the fan-shaped headdress. Approximate dimensions (W x H x D): 6.0 x 8.7 x 3.9 cm.
Other female figurines have a double volute headdress that is usually decorated and sometimes painted black as well.
The "cones" that often decorate figurine headdresses may be reproductions of the small gold cones that have been found at Indus Civilization sites. Similar small gold cones are still used as hair ornaments in South Asia. Approximate dimensions (W x
In addition to headdresses and hair decorations, loose hair is sometimes depicted on figurines. A few figurines have painted black hair extending from the back of the head to below the shoulders. Approximate dimensions (W x H x D): 3.9 x 5.2 x 2.6
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.
Both male and female figurines may have hair swept around the top of the head, to the side, or to the front. Some female figurines also have a somewhat simple flaring headdress with an attached headband. Approximate dimensions (W x H x D): 2.9 x 7.1