Vintage Terracotta Raja on Horse, India (11295GAK) $145

$145.00

H: 9.125″  W: 6.125″  D: 3.5″ |FREE SHIPPING

This charming colorful terracotta image represents a crowned mustached raja – an Indian King, prince, noble or dignitary – with an elaborate high crown and sumptuous jewelry draped over his chest riding an elegant and well-muscled rearing horse with its front right leg in the air, a common theme in Indian art. The decorative garlands around the horse’s neck, green plants, and ground over which the horse and rider glide, long arching horse tail, the twist of the raja’s body so he faces forward, and other aspects of the piece add dramatic energy. Made from bivalve moulds that are hand luted and painted, no two images are identical.

 

Description

Earthenware terracotta pottery has played a significant role in the cultural, religious and artistic traditions of India for centuries. Indian terracotta images are considered spiritual, mystical and auspicious as Hindus believe terracotta incorporates the five natural elements of air, fire, earth, water and metal. Made with a bivalve mould that is hand luted and hand painted, these Folk-Art figures are made in the likeness of Hindu religious figures, soldiers, animals, and others and are important in rural India where they are seen as wishes for a better life and are considered a significant part of Indian-Folk-and-Cultural-Art.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 8 in
Place of Origin

India

Period

Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)

Date

1920-1940

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 9.5” W: 6.5” D: 4”

Dimensions (metric)

H: 24.13cm W: 16.51cm D: 10.16cm

Weight

2 lbs 1 oz

Materials and Technique

Earthenware

Condition

Very good, no repairs/restorations (see description).

Reference Number

11295GAK