Vintage Terracotta Policeman, India (11296ZLE) $105


H: 10.25  W: 3.5″  D: 2.75″ | FREE SHIPPING!

This colorful terracotta figurine of an Indian policeman stands on a blue base wearing a typical outfit of black boots, a long-sleeved tunic with white borders, a high belt, and a red, green, and brown wrapped turban with white borders that combine to portray an extremely confident figure. This vintage image is mold-made in two parts and was hand-luted and artfully hand-painted so all images made from the mold are unique and individualized. The provincial piece was created by a village craftsman and it is possible it may have been used in a home altar.  It is in good condition with some minor surface cracks, paint losses and repainting to the nose.


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 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 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)

Dimensions (inches)

H: 10.25 W: 3.5" D: 2.75"

Dimensions (metric)

H; 26.41cm W: 6.35cm D: 9.27cm

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