Pot for £ 4 was a product of the ancient Harappan civilization

Pot for £ 4 was a product of the ancient Harappan civilization

Englishman Carl Martin used ancient ceramics from the age of 4 thousand years as a Cup for toothbrush, until they realized what he was dealing with.


A pot with image of the antelope caught the eye of Carl Martin five years ago at a flea market in Willington, Derbyshire. He purchased it and all this time was used as a Cup for your toothbrush.

Today he admits that he feels uncomfortable with the fact that both utilitarian used this item is one of the oldest human civilizations.

Assessment of the auctioneer James Brenly, the pot was made for 1900 years BC, representatives of the Harappan civilization in the Indus river valley.

Carl Martin, by his own admission, loves everything vintage, unusual and collectible. Pot liked him at first sight, and he gave him another piece of ceramics 4 pound:

I put him in the bath and kept in it a toothbrush and paste. It even left a few traces of the paste. Of course, I suspect that this is a very old pot, but then to think I forgot about it.

Martin, who works at the auction house Hansons Auctioneers, said that once helped unload the truck and noticed there is ceramic ware that was very similar to his pot for toothbrush.

“The nature of the picture was the same, and roughly depicts figures of animals were very similar,” he recalls.

According to auctioneer James Brenchley of Hansons Auctioneers, civilization of the Bronze age were mainly on the territory of modern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Together with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was one of three early cradles of civilization and the most extensive of them,” he explains.

“It’s amazing, — adds Carl Martin — we can only guess how this ancient subject of the valley of the Indus river was at a flea market in South Derbyshire”.