An image of Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum

Unknown Artist

Rattle in the form of a lady playing the drum

Other titles:
Woman playing a drum
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Chandraketugarh, West Bengal, India
Period
India: Shunga Period circa 200–50 BCE
Year
2nd century BCE-1st century BCE
Media
Sculpture, Ceramic
Medium
terracotta
Dimensions
19.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
591.1994