Pair of Malabars, anonymous, 1748 - 1749

Pair of Malabars, anonymous, 1748 - 1749

porcelain (material), h 39.2cm × w 17.2cm × d 16.7cm. More details

These exotic figures are meant to portray inhabitants of Malabar, a coastal region in India. The Malabars were visited and described by various explorers. In 18th-century Europe they acquired near-mythical status. The statuettes are sheer fantasy: the figures wear a mixture of exotic robes, hats, and accessories.

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