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Title

Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum

2nd century BCE-1st century BCE


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Woman playing a drum


Place where the work was made

Chandraketugarh West Bengal India


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

591.1994



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.

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