Indus Valley Civilization copper
anthropomorphic idols constitute
a rare though fine example of
abstract silhouettes of the human
figures, which were created by the
indigenous inhabitants of the
Ganges river valley.
Often discovered together with
other implements such as
harpoons and rings, such
enigmatic figures were cast in
molds from copper and then
hammered, with the chisel marks
left easily discernible.
The natural attractive patina and
the earthy deposits often
remaining on them are signs of a
prolonged permanence under the
surface of the earth.
It has been suggested that these
idols functioned as protective