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Pair of Bronze Male Dancer’s Anklets
diameter: 10.3cm, height: 3.2cm, combined weight: 1,039g
This heavy pair of cast bronze anklets comprises a thick and heavy bronze hand cast with triangular decoration and large loops, and twelve suspended bells.
Such a pair of anklets would have been worn by a male dancer to mark the rhythm of his performance (Untracht, 1997, p. 276). In other examples, the bells
are sewn onto cloth straps that were worn around the ankles.
The pair have fine sculptural quality, and have a superb dark brown patina such that an 18th century attribution seems likely. There are no losses.
Jain-Neubauer, J., Feet & Footwear in Indian Culture, Bata Shoe Museum/Mapin, 2000.
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Provenance: UK art market
Inventory no.: 4142 SOLD
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