71. Terra-cotta Toy Horse

71. Terra-cotta Toy Horse
Painted terra-cotta
Height: 10 cm
Twentieth century
Catalogue number 71.
Accession number 88.345.

These animal figurines are made by village potters, who mold the clay by hand, fire and then paint them in bright colors, and are often sold to tribals. They can be found widely in weekly rural markets and fairs. They may be seen decaying at roadside shrines, where they are offered by travellers under the shade of trees. They also make inexpensive but attractive toys for children. Like the dokra figurines, they can be used as simple votive offerings in home shrines. The examples shown here are of two horses, a bull, and an elephant.

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