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Model figure

  • Place of origin:

    Krishnanagar (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clay, modelled and painted, with fabric, feather and fibre

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Maily-Claire Danks-Flower

  • Museum number:

    IS.58-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure is one of many such 19th century clay models which were made to represent different Indian occupations or caste ‘types’. They were produced in various cities in India including Lucknow, Krishnagar, Calcutta and Pune and sold to visiting Europeans. They aimed to illustrate the ‘peoples of India’ and groups of them were also displayed in many of the International Exhibitions.

Physical description

This model is wearing a red and white striped shirt and a white dhoti. He is carrying a drum over his left shoulder. The drum is covered in a floral printed fabric and has a feather stuck on one side of it. The man has fibre hair and moustache stuck on to the clay. His eyes, finger and toe nails have been painted in. He is a very realistic model.

Place of Origin

Krishnanagar (possibly, made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Clay, modelled and painted, with fabric, feather and fibre

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm

Descriptive line

Model figure of drummer wearing a red and white striped shirt and a white dhoti, probably made in Krishnanagar, West Bengal, 19th or early 20th century.

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

T.N. Mukherjee, Art Manufactures of India, pg, 59.

Production Note

According to T.N. Mukherjee, such realistic models were a feature of the model makers at Krishnanagar, a town near Calcutta. See T.N. Mukherjee, Art Manufactures of India, pg, 59.

Materials

Clay

Techniques

Modelling (forming)

Subjects depicted

Drums (membranophones)

Categories

Sculpture; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Musical instruments

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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