Faience from the Indus Valley Civilization

A small faience ram amulet recovered from the fill associated with the southwestern edge of the "granary" platform. (Trench 41SW, H97-3434/7650-01, Length = 21.8 mm)

The artisans of Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley were creating faience and glazes using several different techniques by 2600 B.C.. While many techniques were similar, each cultural region developed its own styles of ornaments ant technologies for producing them. Lesser known than those from Egypt and Mesopotamia are the exquisite faience objects produced by the first urban society, the Indus Valley civilization that existed in regions of modern Pakistan and western India between 2600-1900 B.C.