Thanjavur doll

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Thanjavur doll
Geographical indication
A Tanjore doll.jpg
A typical Thanjavur Bommai (doll) made of terracotta
Descriptionterracotta dolls manufactured in Thanjavur
AreaThanjavur, 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.[1] 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.[2]

A stall in Thanjavur

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  1. ^ Physics Class 9. Pearson Education India. p. 184. ISBN 8131728463.
  2. ^ "Geographical indication". Government of India. Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.