Court Dancer

On one side of an arched door, carved into a rock hillside, a dancer and her musicians perform for the king and his wives. The king and court are carved onto the other side of the arched doorway.

Cave sculpture at the Ranigumpha caves, northwest of Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
Approximate dating: 2nd century BC.

Image from the 1989 Photo exhibit in the Lincoln Room of the United States Information Service in Calcutta. The exhibit was sponsored by the Western Regional Fulbright Offices of the United States Education Foundation in India.

First known sculpture of Orissi dance above opening to manmade cave entrance.


Last Ancient Next