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