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Ancient artifacts of Harappa goes on display.

ISLAMABAD: Harappan Connections - an exhibition on

the ancient artifacts, contemporary potteries and interpretive artworks

was put on display here Friday at Alliance Francaise highlighting the

5,000-year-old ceramic legacy.

The show featured the photographs on Indus Valley Civilization

with featured potteries of Muhammad Nawaz and ceramist Sheherezade Alam.

Apart from being a photographic exhibition of Harappan artifacts

of the Indus Valley Civilization objects, the display also included

terracotta replicas made by late potter Mohammad Nawaz and contemporary

potteries of ceramist Sheherezade Alam, providing a link with the

5,000-year-old ceramic legacy.

The show carrying as many as 80 art pieces served the art lovers

with a significant advantage of travelling back in time through art by

understanding the cultural indicators that have been a long standing

civilisational pluralistic aspect of this region.

The visitors termed the show as a source of understanding history

that evokes on multiple levels while visiting the show. The digital

photographic prints of terracota animal figures with authentic details,

display of replicas and many other historical references of the value of

Harappa region took the viewers on a journey to the historical legacy.

Andre De Bussy, French Cultural Counsellor inaugurated the show

while Tehniyat Majeed, Director Lahore Museum briefed the participants

about the background of the exhibition on Indus Valley Civilization

inheriting Harrapa project.

She said Harappan Connections refers not only the archaeological

sites of Harappa, but it represents the entire Harappan civilization

which is also called the Indus Valley civilization that dates back to

2600 BC - the third millenium BC and is one of the oldest civilizations

in the world.

The exhibition displays photographs of original objects from the

Indus collections of the Lahore Museum including terracotta potteries,

square seals, cubical weights, dice, chess-pieces and animal and bird

figurines - all 5000 years old.

The section of `Contemporary Potteries' showcases works by the

local Harappan potter Mohammad Nawaz who was a master in replica-making

of original Harappan potteries, and ceramic pieces by Sherezade Alam -

an internationally renowned potter who presently resides in Lahore.

`Interpretive Artworks' are a collection of maps, site plans,

drawings of potteries and seals and a timeline produced by some thirty

young Pakistani students of fine arts, design, architecture, history

and archaeology who participated in a three month internship conducted

by the Inheriting Harappa Project at the Lahore Museum. These artworks

visually and artistically interpret important designs and aspects of

Indus culture.

This exhibition, she said, has an educational mission and thus

includes substantial descriptive texts installed to provide a deeper

insight into Harappan culture.

The Inheriting Harappa Project has organized three exhibitions on

Harappan Civilization in Pakistan at Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. This

has been made possible by the UNESCO/International Fund for Promotion of

Culture Award.
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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 23, 2016
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