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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1962,0721.2

  • Description

    Bracket figure of a female dancer using a mirror in her left hand. Made of stone (schist).

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90.44 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1992:
    Elaborately carved brackets such as this appear as roof-struts in Hoysala temples. The connection between sculpture and dancing was highly developed in tradional India. The positions of the hands and feet, and the emotions engendered by particular facial expressions, sprang from a vocabulary common to both disciplines. Here the dancer is shown using a mirror in her left hand. The visual short-hand of a beautiful woman leaning against a tree is the same as seen at Sanci many centuries earlier (see BM 1842.1210.1).

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  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 p.220, fig.141 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G33/Ind/Free

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1962

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1962,0721.2

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