Frieze with Dancer and Musicians

c. 973

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

A dancer, who strikes a pose in the center, is accompanied by a full orchestra of musicians in lively variegated poses. At the far left, a woman plays the cymbals, her mouth open in song. Twisting turning postures of figures wrought in high relief with little background space behind them are characteristics of Indian sculpture from the medieval period. Music and dance were important components of devotional temple activities; they were considered as pleasing to the divinity and attractive for devotees as the works of sculpture and architecture.

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  • Title: Frieze with Dancer and Musicians
  • Date Created: c. 973
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 33.4 x 95.3 x 11.3 cm (13 1/8 x 37 1/2 x 4 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (J.J. Klejman [1906–1995], New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1969.34
  • Medium: sandstone
  • Fun Fact: The twisting, dynamic postures of the musicians in this frieze may visually echo the joyful music they are playing together.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Sikar, Harshagiri, 10th century
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 1969.34

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