INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION – TOYS MADE FOR CHILDREN

The history of Indus valley civilisation has been very intriguing so far, and looking at it’s history from play perspective has completely opened up a new world of knowledge. This write up is a continuation of the previous blog, which threw light upon the fact that the people, especially adults, did engage in many constructive and physically actives games.
Time and again literature review and archaeological excavations has also proved that play had equal importance to children of this civilisation. The National museum of Delhi  and Pakistan has a number of artifacts displayed that the archaeologists have been able to recover from excavation. Numerous toys were recovered made of clay, which were especially made for children, which leads us to believe the fact that children did involve themselves in lots of games.
Without much ado, let’s take a look at the kinds toys used by children of those times.
This artifact above is displayed in the National Museum, Delhi, which shows some figurines and toy carts which are movable.
 Few more toys in the form of carts. these toys reminds us of Channapatna toys, which are not just toys but speaks of the culture as well.
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The below artifact displayed does resemble one of the modern day toys. The dice, marbles and some pawns used for games are recognizable. The most intriguing toy is the circular and rectangular mazes. These are clay marble mazes, whose modern day version is the one made of plastic, with a small metal ball inside secured with a plastic transparent top.
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Some more collection of movable toys. A note of appreciation to the craftsmanship as well as the forethought of the makers of these toys, and again a look at these toys will bring in a feeling of dejavu!
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These toys resembles our modern kitchen set, which is actually so, made of clay created for the purpose of play.
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 Animal figurines resembling modern day zoo set.
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Hollow egg and bird shaped whistles most probably used to amuse children and also may represent pet birds like doves or partridges.
                                                                          Toy boat of Harrappa also made of clay.
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Figurines with movable heads from Harappa, which most of the time depicts cattle. They are usually pierced laterally through the neck and vertically or sagittally through the head in order to secure them to the bodies and control them with a cord. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, https://www.harappa.com/slide/toy-boat-harappa
 
The pictures of artifacts illustrated above are one among the few handpicked ones. There is a treasure chest of artifacts that have been made available for the common man on the internet. The ones who felt this blog interesting can very well go ahead and look for many more.
 
By Dr Srividya K