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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 312

    A GROUP OF EIGHT INDIAN BENGALI TERRACOTTA FIGURES OF SERVANTS

    EARLY 19TH 20TH CENTURY, BENGAL

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    A GROUP OF EIGHT INDIAN BENGALI TERRACOTTA FIGURES OF SERVANTS
    EARLY 19TH 20TH CENTURY, BENGAL
    11½ in. (29 cm.) high and similar (8)


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    'Made by native craftsmen in Bengal, an area where figurative clay modelling flourished from the early 18th century, these naturalistically modelled servants are representative of those employed by European colonials. Commissioned groups of figures depicting types of occupation or caste were a common cultural expression of a more widespread imperial endeavour to classify the Indian people, and, as well as being obtianed as souvenirs, they were often acquired by museums for educational purposes.' Below Stairs Exhibition Catalogue, London, 2003, p.148.

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    Exhibited

    National Portrait Gallery, London, Below Stairs Exhibition, 16 October 2003 - 11 January 2004.