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Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum

2nd century BCE-1st century BCE


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Woman playing a drum
    Place where the work was made
    Chandraketugarh West Bengal India
    Shunga Period circa 200 - 50 BCE → India
    2nd century BCE-1st century BCE
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Ceramic
    Materials used
    18.7cm(h) x 7.7cm(w) x 9cm(d)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1994
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Art of the Past, 1994, United States of America