49. A Grey-Ware Ceramic Bowl

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500 BC
Size: 19.5 cm diameter

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It has been suggested that the mysterious designs in black on the whitened interior represent cloud bands. I think they represent the bikinis of eight local lovelies laid out to dry on a rock by the Indus, while they sunbathe nearby after a swim; all of them topless and four of them completely naked.