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Ankle Rattles (Ghunghroo), Rajasthan, India, 19th Century
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NMM 2326. Ankle rattles (ghunghroo), Rajasthan, India, 19th century. Made of cast bronze with four metal pellets inside each rattle. Used primarily by the Nautch (female dancers who perform in Hindu temples) as an integral part of their dance form. Worn around the ankles, the ghunghroo articulate dance steps and heighten rhythmic intensity. Symbolic of the sacredness of dance and music, as well as the dancing profession. Diameter of anklet: 134 mm. Board of Trustees, 1977.
Close-up of Decoration
Literature: Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, The Shrine to Music Museum Catalog of the Collections, Vol. II, André P. Larson, editor (Vermillion: The Shrine to Music Museum, 1982), p. 4.
Thomas E. Cross, Instruments of Burma, India, Nepal, Thailand and Tibet, M.M. Thesis, University of South Dakota, May 1983, p. 8, plate I.
André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 29.
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