Dating to c. 3100 BCE, this hand-built pot with polychrome decoration is one of the earliest examples of intersecting circle motif in the Indus valley region.
Ancient Indus civilization and earlier pottery.
Whereas many other motifs of the Ravi Phase (Period 1) disappear in the later Kot Diji Phase (Period 2), the intersecting circle and fish scale motifs continued to be used, but they came to be executed in black paint on a red slip.
In what appears to have been an alley way between two blocks of buildings in Trench 54 was found a large pit filled with debris from pottery kilns. In the background is a room with a circular pit dug into it.
Mohammad Nawaz, master potter from Harappa, demonstrates how fish scale and intersecting circle motifs may have been painted onto Harappan pottery.
The pit filled with kiln debris in Tench 54 had in it sherds from ceramic vessels with marks inscribed on their bases before firing and also from a flat inscribed disc or "bat" (at left) that was used as a removable base for throwing pottery on a
Whether or not this was one of the first objects discovered in Trench A, given the catalogue number 2, is unclear, but it was unusual to Daya Ram Sahni who said he had not seen something of the sort before, with an opening over a foot across.
This Ravi Phase hand-built pot with polychrome design was found next to the one with intersecting circles illustrated earlier (11). The net and bird motifs are found at other sites to the northwest in Bannu district, but they do not continue into the
In his 1921 summary of pottery finds, Daya Ram Sahni called out "earthenware rests for dishes or pitchers" of which this one was considered the prime example (p. 13). "This type of ring stand was made to support large jars with narrow or rounded