Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Bankura Terracotta Horse from West Bengal

I have wandered round the house today taking a few photos of some Indian items I inherited when my mother died.  I noticed that on our staircase which has a small half landing is stood a 'Bankura Terracotta Horse'.  This was shipped home to the UK from Calcutta in around 1975 by sea in a wooden crate packed with wood shavings.  The horse is black I think there is a red variety as well.  I understand that they are made in West Bengal, this one was purchased in Calcutta around 1970 it could have even been during the 1960s.
As you can see my mother maybe has decorated him with some beads around his neck and he is also decorated with a scarf around his neck.  From the ground to the tips of his ears he measures some 3 feet and 9 inches so it is a fairly large ornament but they do come in bigger sizes as well.

His ears have been damaged over the years and have been glued back together, he is doing quite well as he is over 40 years old.  Hope you like him.

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