Dancing Girl From Mohenjodaro

The Dancing Girl stands as a testament to the creativity and talent of the artists of the Indus Valley Civilization, who brought dance to life through bronze

Lalit Bhatt
Lalit Bhatt
Dancing girl. Mohanjodaro, Indus valley civilization
Dancing girl

Dancing girl is one of the most famous sculptures that is a symbol of beauty and grace. Dancing Girl is a prehistoric bronze statue made in the city of Mohenjodaro which was part of Indus Valley Civilization. The statue was excavated by British archaeologist Ernest Mackay. In fact, there were two statues that were excavated. One is now at the National Museum, Delhi and another one is displayed at the Karachi Museum.

The statues are believed to have been created around 2000 BC. The statue were made using lost wax casting. In this the mold is made with wax. The wax is then melted and drained. The molten metal is filled into the core to give the final shape. 

The statue at Delhi is 4.1 inch tall (10.5 centimeters). It is the statue of a young woman or girl with ornaments and is a symbol of beauty and grace. The Dancing Girl is considered one of the finest examples of Indus Valley art and is widely recognized for its fluidity and realism. The statue depicts a young woman with her right arm filled with bangles and 4 bangles on her left arm. There are other ornaments on her body. 

The statue captures the essence of the dancing form, with its flowing lines and dynamic posture. It is said to depict the beauty and freedom of movement, as well as the joy and liberation that come with dance. The pose and expression of the Dancing Girl reflect the celebration of life and the power of the human body to express emotions and feelings through movement.

The Dancing Girl is also significant in the context of the Indus Valley Civilization, as it provides insight into the social and cultural norms of the time. The statue is believed to have been created as a symbol of fertility, as the dance was associated with the celebration of life and the harvest season. It is also believed to have been used in religious and cultural ceremonies, as dance was considered a form of worship in the Indus Valley Civilization.

The statue also tells about the ability of Indus valley civilization to do sophisticated processes like casting. 

Even today, the statue continues to be a symbol of freedom and joy, and a reminder of the power of the human body to express emotions and feelings through movement.

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