Four pounds paid Karl Martin five years ago, when he bought at a flea market in the English town of Derby two containers. One of them he used, his toothbrush and toothpaste. What didn’t Martin: In the case of the ceramic, it is a 4000-year-old Antique from the Indus valley civilization – one of the earliest civilizations in the world.

The pottery work was born in the year 1900 before Christ, and carrying the drawing of an antelope, according to the auction house Hansons in a message. Martin worked there for seven years and collects private historical pieces.

He had thought that the tank might be very old, but then quickly forgotten again, he said. Aware of the importance of his flea market purchase was to him as he invited with a colleague to the auction house from a Transporter and ceramics, discovered that his tooth mug similar.

Karl Martin with the 4000 year-old piece of

of origin in Afghanistan

“On the pieces were the similar to see the roughly drawn animal figures,” says Martin. He took his mug that had gotten in the meantime, some toothpaste stains out of the bathroom and left him by a specialist in the auction house to inspect. The was the connection to the bronze age Indus civilization – Harappan culture.

it includes the ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the three earliest civilizations and the spread of 1.3 million square kilometers at the broadest. The spread stretched over large parts of present-day Pakistan to India and Afghanistan – where, apparently, the current piece is created.

view the Cup from above

maybe the ceramic Cup with a wealthy traveler to the United Kingdom, suggest experts. What are the ways have taken it to the flea market in Derby, however, no longer be reconstructed.

Meanwhile, the ancient pottery has changed again. Martin had put it up for auction and achieved at least 80 pounds. “Maybe I should have the piece to keep,” says Martin. “I feel a bit guilty that I had turned off my number brush.”


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