Yet another thrift shop find

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The ever-vigilant other David has come home with yet another find at the thrift shop. I'm not sure why he's able to find these Indian items at a thrift shop in Los Angeles, but it's a good thing that we're leaving for India soon because with all of the finds being brought into our house, we'll soon be pitching a tent in the back yard to find room to sleep.

These guys and gals certainly seem to be of Indian origin (except for the proper English couple pictured below). They're not in the best condition, but they're undeniably cute.

Are these from a particular area of India and does someone have an idea of how old they might be?

Also, the appearance of some of them is quite puzzling and we're not sure what they represent. Any IDs on the individual figures would be appreciated.
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if they are made of wood, i would hazard a guess, and say they could be from kondapalli in andhra pradesh. there are other places that make the same toys, so this is my best guess.

here is a page with some pictures that suggested this to me..
http://www.dsource.in/resource/toys-.../products.html

I don't think they are supposed to represent any person individually, but collectively, they would represent the village life.. most of the toys have folk themes.

indians generally display them either in the showcases in their houses, or during the dasara festival, when elaborate toy arrangements with specific themes are undertaken. Tamilians call that "golu/kolu", and telugus call it "bommalakoluvu", both searcheable terms.


ps : That site is a wonderful resource for many indian origin items..
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Yes, they are made of wood.

Thanks for the information and the link.
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davidx2: Very nice find.

In the very first photo, you have identified the British couple. The baldy on left is a Hindu Brahmin priest and the bearded guy on right is a Muslim person.

They all look very cute.
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I do not know what these are, but they just look so cute...agree with RWE, great find.
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Originally Posted by adam00121 View Post Tamilians call that "golu/kolu",
and create amazing displays, sometimes filling multiple rooms, at Navaratri. They visit each other and compete with each other, with local media, etc, giving awards for best in a district. The most basic display is a stepped series of shelves (five? seven? I forget) upon which these will be displayed, and various scenes may spread out on the floor. Some characters/scenes will be of religious significance, others may include ...well, anything! Cricket matches, village scenes, rock bands....
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post and create amazing displays, sometimes filling multiple rooms, at Navaratri. They visit each other and compete with each other, with local media, etc, giving awards for best in a district. The most basic display is a stepped series of shelves (five? seven? I forget) upon which these will be displayed, and various scenes may spread out on the floor. Some characters/scenes will be of religious significance, others may include ...well, anything! Cricket matches, village scenes, rock bands....
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The kondapalli toys also use a specific type of wood, not sure how to make that determination. I have not seen such colour schemes, but the "base and person intergrated in wood" is a style they seem to also work with.

and in your second and perhaps subsequent pictures, the people with three vertical lines, and one horizontal lines on their foreheads are vishnu bhaktas, or more specifically, are devotees of the tirupati/tirumala balaji.

see the last picture in this link for a variation of the same: http://www.teenandhra.com/teenabif_g...amy.php?page=8

i have no idea what the chest lines are, nor do i know the other "boomerang with a dot" type of mark on the forehead.

the toys are mostly sold as sets, and artists take inspiration from many things, so the batches may change, and they possibly don't make the same thing over and over. i am also NOT sure if they are marked specifically to be able to do a geo-origin or to a specific maker.

maybe time to go to kondapalli and sniff around

Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me could recognize more features, or do an "antiques road show" type of deal

PS : I found another site describing the process in great detail. maybe this will give you some clues to authenticate them
http://ajitkumarmaddali.blogspot.in/
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Hmm not really sure if its made in India since a lot of these stuff is coming from China and sold in the name of India.

Interestingly a lot of Chinese made "Indian" figures are available in India specially on festival season.

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