Thanjavur doll

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Thanjavur doll
Geographical indication
A Tanjore doll.jpg
A typical Thanjavur Bommai (doll) made of terracotta
Description terracotta dolls manufactured in Thanjavur
Type handicraft
Area Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Country India
Registered 2008-09
Material terracotta

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 central core all the time so as to present a dance-like continuous movement with slow-damping oscillations.[1] Hence it comes back to its normal seating position automatically after being tilted/disturbed anyway. Traditionally these toys are handmade and with painted exteriors. It has been recognized as a Geographical indication by the Government of India in 2008-09.[2]

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  1. ^ Physics Class 9. Pearson Education India. p. 184. ISBN 8131728463, ISBN 978-81-317-2846-8. 
  2. ^ "Geographical indication". Government of India. Retrieved 28 June 2015.