A typical Thanjavur Bommai (doll) made of terracotta
|Description||terracotta dolls manufactured in Thanjavur|
|Area||Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu|
The Thanjavur doll is a type of traditional Indian bobblehead or roly-poly toy made of terracotta material. The centre of gravity and total weight of the doll is concentrated at its bottom-most point, generating a dance-like continuous movement with slow oscillations. These toys are traditionally handmade, finished with detailed, painted exteriors. They have been recognized as a Geographical Indication by the Government of India as of 2008-09.
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