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Model figure

  • Place of origin:

    Krishnagar (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clay, modelled and painted, with fabric and fibre

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mailey-Claire Danks-Flowers

  • Museum number:

    IS.61:1, 2-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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

Physical description

This model is wearing a white dhoti and has a red scarf over his shoulder. His bread and hair are made out of real fibre. He has a very expressive face that has been modelled with the eyes and eyebrows being painted on. His finger and toe nails have also been painted on. This is a very realistic model.

Place of Origin

Krishnagar (possibly, made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Clay, modelled and painted, with fabric and fibre


Height: 17 cm

Descriptive line

Model of a bread seller wearing a white dhoti and has a red scarf, possibly made in Krishnagar, 19th century.

Production Note

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


Clay; Cloth; Fabric; Fibre


Modelling (forming); Painted


Sculpture; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Eating


South & South East Asia Collection

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