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Terracotta female figure - Terracotta female figure

Terracotta female figure

  • Object:

    Terracotta female figure

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (Made)

  • Date:

    mid-20th century (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted terracotta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J.C. Irwin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Hand-modelled terracotta female figurine, painted red, black, silver and gold on a white mica ground. Generally crafted by a 'Kumbhakar' (potter) or his wife and children, this type of figure is sold in a 'mela' (village fair) and widely used as a doll.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (Made)


mid-20th century (Made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted terracotta


Height: 10.3 cm

Object history note

A gift of J.C. Irwin.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :
p. 35, fig.4.2
Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.


Clay; Paint




Ceramics; Religion


South & South East Asia Collection

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