The story of Indian Bronzes begins in what is generally known as the age of the Indus Valley Civilisation (B.C. 2400 - B.C. 1700 approximately) and the extensions of this civilisation to other sites such as Kalibangan in Rajasthan, Lothal in Gujarat and Daimabad in Maharashtra, amongst others. But our immediate concern is with the bronzes found at Mohenjodaro and Kalibangan. These are so few in number compared to other finds, such as the numerous terracotta figurines of human beings, deities, animals, et cetera, and the numerous finely and skilfully engraved seals, mostly on steatite, of the Indus Valley Civilisation, that one begins to wonder what could have caused this extraordinary disparity. Another question which arises is why these bronzes, found in such small numbers at all the Indus Valley sites and extensions, were made. Did they have any specific purpose, or were they connected with any ritual or were they just creations of the fancy of some artisans who knew the art of bronze casting but whose main production lay in some other direction such as engraving seals or fashioning terracottas?
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