Dancing Girl. Copy.
23rd-17th c BCE Indus Valley Indus Valley Sculpture
(c. 2600 BCE - 1900 BCE)
c. 2300 BCE-1700 BCE
23rd-17th c BCE
Mohenjo Daro. Pakistan.
Karachi. National Museum of Pakistan.
This wonderful little dancer was cast from copper about 2500 BCE in the highly developed culture of Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus Valley in Northern India. She was created using what is called a "lost wax" technique in which a figure is first modeled in wax. A clay mold is then made around the figure and when it has hardened, molten metal is poured into the mold. The artist has handled the technique very well and created an extremely lively little figure. She also demonstrates a feature that we will find in the other cultures we will study in this lesson: the importance of dance as part of the rituals that unite the community with the sacred forces.
MOHENJO-DARO | Dancing Girl. Copy. | c. 2500 BCE | Indus Valley | Indus Valley