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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Anarkali, Indian doll made in 1960

According to Indian legend Anarkali was the name of a slave girl buried alive for having an affair with the crown prince Salim, later emperor Jahangir, who reigned 1605-1627. There are two names legendarily associated with her birth name: Nadira Begum and  Sharf-un-Nissa. This doll was made as a souvenir doll in India and sold to tourists in early 1960s;  starting from August 1960, when Bollywood movie “Mughal-e-Azam” was made. In this movie Anarkali appears as a dancer playing a role with prince Salim. Height 30 cm.