Top of a Colossal Clay Jar 14

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. About another object (A 3) he speculates on what a narrow neck might imply: "A water bottle with a broad body, but a narrow neck, which might have been used for keeping oil."

- Daya Ram Sahni, Annual Progress Report of the Archaeological Survey [of India], Hindu and Buddhist Monuments, Northern Circle for the Year Ending 31st March 1921, p. 12.

"This is the pedestal base of a bowl or dish that is very common beginning in the Early Harappa Phase and continuing on in various forms during the Harappa Phase and on into the Late Harappa Phase at the site. For more examples from the HARP excavations see this Early Harappa Phase pedestaled bowl and Harappa phase pedestaled dish and Late Harappa Phase pedestaled bowl."

- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, 2021.

ASI Description: 

A. 2 Large-sized broad funnel-shaped top (height 8', diam. 1' 4") of a colossal jar. The rim is turned down. Made of coarse buff clay without colour or incised decoration. This form has not yet been met with on other sites known to me.

[Original caption] Lower portion of an earthenware Sarposh [lid]

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(Item) Serial Number: 
A 2
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14 x 10
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