4. Toys from the Indus Valley

This culture seemed to have a love of animals as well as children. Different from the cave paintings around the world these sculptures do not bring to mind a need to hunt and kill, rather a delight in play.

Where might this little bird be going? In your minds eye you can see the wings and the tail feathers. If you could fix this little chick, how would you design the feathers?

What a sturdy little animal this is. A puppy perhaps?


This little guy is easy to make. Check out the expression made with just a pinch of the fingers


I have this here as an example of what the archeologists do. This piece has a number and some letters. These are used to let the researchers know exactly where this was found. The most frequent place to find objects like this is in what is called a midden. This is the trash heap of the village, and a treasure trove to the archeologists.


It is a wonder that this little guy kept his horns over thousands of years. He was taken care of by many hands along the way.


Such a simple form.


Which animal is it?

The ingenuity of this artist. If this is a dog, it is happy to see you come home.


And this grand creature is?

Simple form is full of smiles. Much has been lost from this figure and yet it feels so alive.

Might you using this figure as a beginning complete the figure using clay?


A grand elephant.

Can you find his eye?


This is a particularly sturdy little animal.

What did the sculpture do to make it feel so sturdy?


This bear becomes a friend with any child and adults are touched by the endearing quality of this bear as well. The bear is sitting on a stool.

Do you think this might be a part of a game?


Just fun.


I bet this lion had straw sticking out of all those holes.


Elephants come in man forms. This might have been made by a child.


This charming bear rings around its neck and two paws out front.


This turtle is a solid fellow. He is protected by his huge shell.


Two carts that are part of a set of something.


What a wonderful wheeled vehicle carrying pots.

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