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Black slipped jar

Harappan black slipped jar (Cleuziou S., Tosi M., In the shadow of the ancestors. Muscat 2007: fig. 207)

New Delhi, National Museum
Bronze Age
Black slipped jars as the one in the picture are the most frequently attested marker of the Indus civilization in the Oman peninsula. They are mostly attested inland and not along the coast, where they should have been distributed following internal trade networks still not clarified. They were linked with the internal domestic market but also for export and they shape fits perfectly with shipment by sea or rivers. J.M. Kenoyer made a tentative list of the goods transported in such jars which could be pickled vegetables or fruit, clarified butter, wine, honey, or even indigo. (AP)