Seals and Sculptures of the Indus Cities

Seated male sculpture of limestone with shell inlay still remaining in one eye. The braided or combed hair lays back straight and a plain fillet or ribbon encircles the head and falls down the back of the neck.

The Indus Valley civilization of Pakistan and north-western India is one of the great urban societies that was contemporaneous with the early Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations. Excavations in the 1920s and 30s at sites such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan uncovered the remains of well-planned cities that had major streets orientated in the cardinal directions, with brick-lined wells for drinking water and brick drains for the removal of sewage and waste water.