India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
This figurine belongs to a group of objects depicting ladies at leisure; here, the woman plays a stringed instrument. They likely served as mirror handles: each has a hole drilled from the top to receive the mirror fixture. Similar objects have been recorded at Khotan, in Central Asia, and are presumably the legacy of a luxury trade in such goods.