Pakistan now wants back a bronze Mohenjodaro statuette called ‘Dancing Girl’, a 4500-year-old artifact of which British archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler said, “There’s nothing like her, I think, in the world.”
The high statue is 10.5 centimetres (4.1 in), dating around 2500 BC, was discovered in 1926 from the ancient city Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilisation in Sindh, by British archaeologist Ernest Mackay. It is kept at New Delhi’s National Museum.
The director general of Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Syed Jamal Shah, said to a publication that the statue will be demanded under UNESCO conventions. He said that this is the first time that a request will be made about this to the Indian government and that “the purpose of seeking the return of ‘Dancing Girl’ “was to protect the heritage”.
In the museum it is mentioned that, “The statue, recovered in excavation from ‘HR area’ of Mohenjo-Daro, is suggestive of two major breaks-through, one, that the Indus artists knew metal blending and casting and perhaps other technical aspects of metallurgy, and two, that a well developed society Indus people had innovated dance and other performing arts as modes of entertainment.”
Britain’s Mortimer Wheeler waxed eloquent about the girl’s statue.
“She’s about fifteen years old I should think, not more, but she stands there with bangles all the way up her arm and nothing else on. A girl perfectly, for the moment, perfectly confident of herself and the world. There’s nothing like her, I think, in the world.”