Traditional Rajasthani Painted Wooden Dafli Player

A few years ago, while touring in India, I kept my eyes open for any artistic representations of musicians playing the dafli (frame drum). In Jodhpur, I found this figure in a larger group of musicians, playing her dafli with great delight. I love the way she raises her left leg and plays her drum while balanced on her right leg. I am given to understand that these traditional handicrafts are produced by whole families within a village cottage industry setting. The men of the family carve the figures out of a soft white wood and the women then hand paint each figure in the brightly coloured traditional Rajasthani style. My Dafli player stands eight inches high. I have posed her in front of a dafli which I purchased in Toronto in "Little India" on Gerrard Street.