Refined cultures evolved in Pakistan, from the early Neolithic to the pre-urban societies of the middle of the IV-III millennium BC till the development of the fully urban Indus civilization.

A rich inventory of decorative patterns, geometric, vegetal and animal, painted on the surface of the vessels was shared among communities living in different and often remote areas.

In the earliest cities of the Indus Valley the emergence of a new kind of society required the development of religious and social symbols, which were perpetuated over millennia, keeping part of the original meanings and taking on new ones.

The motifs

1. Perceptions, reflections and suggestions of colours; 2. The heart-shaped leaves of Pipal tree; 3. Geometries of the human soul; 4. Crucial experiences; 5. Long crescent horns; 6. The zebu as essence of civilization; 7. Tiger, Tiger



The power of images in the prehistoric pottery of Pakistan


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