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An image of Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum by
Alternate image of Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum by

Chandraketugarh, West Bengal, India

Title
Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum
Other titles:
Woman playing a drum
Place of origin
ChandraketugarhWest BengalIndia
Period
Shunga Period circa 200 - 50 BCE → India
Year
2nd century BCE-1st century BCE
Media categories
Sculpture, Ceramic
Materials used
terracotta
Dimensions

19.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
591.1994
Location
Not on display
Further information

This figure is from the rich archaeological site of Chandraketugarh in West Bengal where many terracottas have been excavated.

A female holding a hide-covered drum resting on a cloth-draped stand is hollow with a plain back and a base. Like several other pieces from this site, it seems to have been designed as a rattle because the hollow body deliberately contains what sounds like clay pellets.

Jackie Menzies, 'Dancing to the flute - Music and dance in Indian art', AGNSW, 1997. pg. 202.

Bibliography (2)

Pratapaditya Pal, Indian sculpture: a catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collection, Los Angeles, 1986. General reference - comparable examples

Pratapaditya Pal, Dancing to the flute: music and dance in Indian art, Sydney, 1997, 202 (colour illus), 204. cat.no. 122b See 'Further Information' for text.

Exhibition history (1)

Dancing to the flute: music and dance in Indian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 1997–24 Aug 1997