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Indian & South Asian Vases

The South Asian vase has evolved from a crudely rendered and unglazed utilitarian object to the often highly ornamental household item that it is today. Indian vases emerged shortly after the advent of pottery in the Indus Valley civilization, which has been traced back as far as the Neolithic period.

While many early examples of earthen handicrafts from the Neolithic period were constructed solely by hand, there is also evidence supporting the fact that they pioneered the use of the wheel in their production technique. This innovation allowed artisans to mold their materials in previously unimagined ways, leading to the creation of the characteristic elongated neck of Indian vases.

Materials and production techniques influence the value and popularity of South Asian vases available today. Terracotta represents one of the oldest materials used in the construction of vases and remains among the most popular. Additionally, vases made from the blue pottery of Jaipur are highly sought after for their iconic and entrancing aesthetic that is innately Indian. Contemporary vases in India and Southeast Asia apply modern production techniques and materials in the production of vases that maintain aspects of their traditional aesthetic.


Quick Facts

  • Renowned craftsmen and potter Kripal Singh Shekhawat (1922-2008) has been largely credited with the revival of blue pottery of Jaipur as a popular and celebrated art form throughout India
  • Glazed pottery, which enabled the creation of more durable and intricately decorated vases, materialized in this region during the 12th century when Turkic Muslim rulers urged potters from Central Asia to settle in India
  • Today, vases in India and throughout South Asia are produced by large scale international factories as well as local artisans that create and sell their wares to fellow villagers

Recommended Items at Auction

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An embossed silver vase, possibly India, 19th century, O.M.
Oct 26, 2:30 PM CEST
An embossed silver vase, possibly India, 19th century, O.M.
by Bolli & Romiti s.r.l
Est: €200- €300
€2502 Bids
Wise Carver Art Pottery Indian Vase
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Wise Carver Art Pottery Indian Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $375- $3,750
$3750 Bids
A Vintage Indian Brass Vase
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Indian Brass Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A FINELY ENGRAVED FOOTED BRASS VASE IN SHAPE OF AN AMPHORA WITH BIRD-SHAPED HANDLES
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A FINELY ENGRAVED FOOTED BRASS VASE IN SHAPE OF AN AMPHORA WITH BIRD-SHAPED HANDLES
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
An Indian Brass Vase, 81cm
Oct 24, 10:00 AM SAST
An Indian Brass Vase, 81cm
by 5th Avenue Auctioneers
Est: R2,000- R3,000
R1,8000 Bids
A VERY FINE BIDRI WORK STEEL VASE, DECORATED WITH GRACILE FLORAL SPRAYS, SIGNED ON THE SPHERICAL BODY.
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A VERY FINE BIDRI WORK STEEL VASE, DECORATED WITH GRACILE FLORAL SPRAYS, SIGNED ON THE SPHERICAL BODY.
by Nagel Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
An antique Indian vase, bronze and enamel, 19th century, 25.5cm high
Nov 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
An antique Indian vase, bronze and enamel, 19th century, 25.5cm high
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD250- AUD350
AUD2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Indian & South Asian Vases


Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

5th Avenue Auctioneers

5th Avenue Auctioneers

Bolli & Romiti s.r.l

Bolli & Romiti s.r.l