Masterpieces from the Indus Valley



Ever since humans first started drawing on cave walls, the animal world served as an endless source of fascination. Since humans developed the capacity for symbolic thinking, various ancient cultures have felt the need to represent the world surrounding them in an attempt to make sense of all its beauty and variety. The desire to assign symbolism to animals inhabiting landscapes I believe connects human cultures across time.

Depictions of animals in art remind us not only of themselves, but also of the qualities and traits we assign to them. Artists depicting animals cast bridges across divides of human vs non-human interaction, enabling humans to reconnect with the landscapes they inhabit. My fascination with animals began at a really young age when I started collecting artefacts representing animals from different times and places. Over the years, I have collected painted pottery, clay sculptures, carved stone, and sculpture in precious metal representing animals. The masterpieces selected for this catalogue show the link between understanding our world and the animal world.

The terracotta vessels from the Indus Valley Civilisation representing local fauna stand as a testament to man’s bond with his natural environment. Vivid images of stylised animals show the incredible biodiversity of this area and the meaningful relationship between man and nature which I have tried to make sense of in my art and through the artefacts I have collected.


Fayez Barakat