35. A Fossilised Shell Perfume Flask in the form of a Whale

Mundigak, Balouchistan, circa 4000 BC
Size: 14.5 cm long

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The most intriguing aspect of this rare flask is that it probably represents a narwhal, with its long horn acting as the stopper. If so, it would suggest that the trading network from the Indus Valley stretched even further north than the Sussex garden in which the chert weight (no. 33) was found. It would also provide a tantalising link to the popularity of unicorns on Indus Valley seals.