The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro

The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro is a small bronze figurine that is over 4,000 years old, found in the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro. It is the most iconic piece of art from the proto-historic Harappan civilisation.

The statuette is 10.5 cm tall - you could hold her in the palm of your hand. She is without any clothes; while her left leg is slightly bent, it is her arm that delicately rests on her thigh. Her entire weight is on her right leg and the right arm is resting on her hips in an elegantly insouciant gesture. Her elaborately coiled hair, her bangles and necklaces speaks of the social life of the then India. The archaeologist Gregory Possehl said of the statuette, "We may not be certain that she was a dancer, but she was good at what she did and she knew it". We couldn't agree more!

The creativity of this lovely dancing girl of Mohenjodaro crosses time and space whilst murmuring the secrets of an apparently enigmatic, but at least fleetingly recognisable past of India.

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