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Costume doll

Costume doll

  • Place of origin:

    Hyderabad (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Modelled and painted clay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A painted clay figure of a woman of the Lambadi tribe, who are also known as 'Sengalis' and 'Banjaras'. This figure wears the characteristic red embroidered costume decorated with pieces of mirror and heavy ornaments including ivory bangles.

Place of Origin

Hyderabad (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Modelled and painted clay


Height: 10 in, Width: 4 in maximum

Object history note

This figure comes from a set of 15 figures depicting Indians of various castes and occupations.

Descriptive line

Clay figure of a woman of the Lambadi (Banjara) tribe, Hyderabad, 19th century.

Production Note

Modelled from life by the court artist for the Nizam of Hyderabad


Clay; Paint


Modelling; Painting


Dolls & Toys; Figures & Decorative ceramics


South & South East Asia Collection

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