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Dancing Girl
Acc no - Hr. 5721/195
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

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.

History of the Object
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 her position might have been in the society.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
10.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mohenjo-daro 
Geography
Pakistan 
Time period
BCE 26th century ~ BCE 20th century 
Creation date
2700-2100 B.C.E. 
Function
Unknown 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi 

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