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Pair of Bronze Male Dancer’s Anklets
Northern India
18th century

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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