Illustration principale
Superb pottery, Indus
Indus Civilization, Kulli culture, Southern Balochistan/Pakistan, 2500-2300 BC

Terracotta, pigment
Height : 22 cm

Provenance : Karim Grusenmeyer collection, Ghent

Publication : Nindowari, The Kulli Culture, Centre de Recherches Archéologiques Indus- Balouchistan, Asie centrale et orientale. CNRS-Musée Guimet, Paris, 2011, Fig. 23.3

Publication : "A Passage Through Asia"
(M. Doustar, 2015), n°5
The Kulli culture is the name of a prehistoric period in southern Balochistan in Pakistan circa 2500 - 2000 BCE. The pottery and other artifacts excavated are similar to those of the Indus Valley Civilization and it is not clear whether the Kulli culture is a local variation of the Indus Valley Civilization or an own cultural com- plex.
The present pottery was related to the style called “Kulli A” after the works and excavations of French archeologist Jean-Marie Casal in the site of Nindowari. The circular strip around the pottery is painted with a complex decor of vegetal motifs, plants, birds, and two groups of zebus (Bos indicus), which is the main subject on most potteries of the Kulli culture.
One of the first depictions of a cow, dating back to 20.000 years, is from the caves of Lascaux, in southwestern France. In prehistorical times and neolithic cultures they were a symbol of strength and prosperity.
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