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This figure is a remarkable achievement of the artists of this ancient culture. From this masterpiece we know that the Harappans were skilled in metallurgy and knew how to cast alloys of metals using the lost wax process. This image of a young woman; large eyes, flat nose and bunched curly hair are all featured in an artistic way.

The tilted head and flexed knees and bent right arm dramatically resting on her hip and the other hand holding a bowl suggests a dancing pose. The heavy armlets and the forearm ringed with bangles match her heavy neck ornament. Though the sculpture is only 6 inches tall, it is a work of art, as the artist has captured the youthful charm of the dancer and at the same time evoked many mysterious qualities, leaving us to wonder - who she was, and what was her position in society?

Details

  • Title: Dancing girl
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: -2700/-2100
  • Location: Harappan Civilization HR area of Mohenjodaro
  • Physical Dimensions: Bronze, 10.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm
  • Accession Number: Hr. 5721/195

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