In this post, let's see the features of Indus Valley Civilisation arts as part of the Indian Culture notes based on the NCERT text 'An Introduction to. Indus Valley Art. Essays (1); Works of Art (3); Chronology (2). Back. Bowl with painted decoration. Recumbent mouflon. Stamp seal and. This 11 cm long bronze sculpture of a little girl dancing was found by archaeologists in Believed to be one of the most famous pieces of Indus Valley art.


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Along with it were the metal bronze, steatite and terracotta figurines from many excavation sites. Many small figurines and sculptures of women in dancing poses hinted at the presence of dance forms, along with music.

The ornaments which indus valley art the dancing girl statue hint at the presence of jewellery making methods and a certain aesthetic standard towards life and art.

Arts of Indus Valley Civilization (Indian Culture Series – NCERT)

Some of the terracotta statues and indus valley art depict religious purposes, like the bust of the priest found in Mohenjo-Daro and the remains of a figurine of a fertility goddess in the Harappan age around BC to Indus valley art. The seals have been intricately illustrated with animals like the elephant, and other hybrid human and animal forms.

Fragments of pottery indicate the intense sense of design in the decorating and utility of these objects which was common for that era. The shape was manipulated by pressure of the crafty fingers of the potter. After baking a clay model, it was painted with black colour.

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High polishing was done as a finishing touch. Motifs are vegetal and geometric forms. Beads, Ornaments and Cosmetics: The Harappan men and women decorated themselves with a indus valley art variety of ornaments produced from every conceivable materials ranging from precious metals and gemstones to bone and baked clay.

White necklaces, fillets, armlets and finger rings were commonly worn by both sexes.

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Jewellery found at Mohenjo-Daro and Lothal include necklaces of gold and semiprecious metal stones, copper bracelets and beads, gold earrings and head ornaments. A cemetery has been found at Farmona in Harappa where dead indus valley art were buried with ornaments.


Well developed bead industries were present at Chauhudaro and Lothal. Some beads were made of two or more stones cemented together. Also indus valley art models of animals, especially monkeys and squirrels, used as pin head and beads.

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Spinning of cotton and wool was very common both rich and poor practiced spinning. Men and women wore two separate pieces of indus valley art similar to dhoti and shawl. Shawl covered the left shoulder passing below right arm. They were conscious of fashion.


Different hair styles were in vogue and indus valley art was popular. Steatite hardens when it is fired in a kiln. Stone Age The Stone Age was the period in ancient history when people made tools from stone, such as flint knives and axes.