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Crouching Dwarf Musician

Crouching Dwarf Musician

200–100 BCE

India, Shunga period

(185–78 BCE)


Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1983.79


Did you know?

Two holes at the top and bottom of the figure indicate that this object worked as a whistle.


Images of dwarfs referenced the fertility of the earth. With lush curling hair, portly full body, and visible genitals, this figure squats close to the earth and plays on a double flute pipe instrument.

See also
Indian Art - Sunga
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