Q. With  reference to the arts in Indus valley,consider the following statements:
  1. Spinning of cotton was very common among the people in  the Indus valley.
  2. Cinnabar was used by people as a cosmetic and facepaint.
  3. Gold ornaments were also used by the people in the Indus valley.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?

  1. 2 only

  2. 1 only

  3. 1 and 2 only

  4. 1, 2, and 3


The correct option is D
1, 2, and 3

All the above statements are correct:

Statement 1 is correct:
A large number of spindles and spindle whorls have been found in the houses of the Indus valley.This indicates that spinning of cotton and wool was very common. The other artifacts like the Bronze Dancing girl, Bearded man indicate that men and women wore two separate pieces of attire similar to the dhoti and shawl.

Statement 2 is correct:
It appears from archeological finds that the inhabitants of the Indus Valley were conscious of fashion. Different hairstyles were in vogue, and wearing a beard was common with men. Cinnabar was used as a cosmetic and facial polish, mascara and collyrium (eyeliner) were also known.

Statement 3 is correct:
The men and women of Harappan adorned themselves with a wide range of ornaments made from any possible item, ranging from precious metals and gemstones to bone and baked clay. Jewelry hoards found at Mohenjodaro and Lothal include gold and semi-precious stone necklaces, copper bracelets and beads, gold earrings and head ornaments, faience pendants and buttons, and steatite and gemstone beads.

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