Souvenir Bankura Horse

Bankura horse is a must buy souvenir from Bishnupur. These horses are made of terracotta and have very unique shape and features. The villages where the terracotta horses and elephants are made in large scale are Panchmura, Rajagram, Sonamukhi and Hamirpur. Each place has its local style. The Panchmura-style of pottery is considered the best and the finest of all the four types. 

These Bankura Horses were made for religious purposes and seen in temples during festivals, but over the years its elegant look was appreciated more and it soon began to adorn the living rooms across the world. The artisans realized the demand and soon it has turned into a good flourishing business for them. They come in various sizes and colors. Those wary of transporting terracotta stuff can buy the wooden forms. 

At the hotel we stayed, there was a huge Bankura Horse. It was at least 7ft. tall and looked so grand! At one of the shops there I inquired the price of such a large sized one, and I was told it is 30,000INR!

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26 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful! I can see why it is so popular!! Wonderful capture for the day, as always, Indrani! Hope your week is going well!!

  2. Gail Dixon says:

    Something with that many zeroes behind the price, no matter the currency, is too expensive for me! Very pretty though. 🙂

  3. Whenever I go abroad I carry terracotta for my friends, this is huge but it is soooooo beautiful. Would love to have two of these at the entrance of my home.

  4. Terracotta horse, it is beautiful Indrani.

  5. We had two pieces and got broken in shifting .They are good decorative pieces in drawing hall

  6. Woah! For something so beautiful cost wouldn't matter 🙂

  7. Bibi says:

    Someone gave me a much smaller one once!!

  8. It's a pitty you are not on the picture 😉 Beautiful Terracotta Horse

  9. Hari OM
    That is truly beauty at large!! YAM xx

  10. Thanks so for sharing this piece of beauty and the history.

  11. Happy to see that these artists are getting due return of their hard work and art.

  12. Carver says:

    I love this sculpture.

  13. another thing i learned today 🙂 its beautiful.. thank you 🙂

  14. Seeta says:

    Oh, I have a terracota version of this… didnt know it had a name and history to it 🙂

  15. Anita says:

    Terracotta stuff are simply great. I love Bankura horses, Indrani. But for Souvenir, we can carry smaller sized ones, not 7 feet tall ones 🙂

  16. Imposing and Beautiful.

  17. Najm Nisa says:

    I like the Name Bakura, find it weird for a horse's name.

  18. Let me tell you At Panchmura, the price of 7 ft tall can not be more than INR 1000. My home town is both at Bankura and Bishnupur. Normally these are sold in pairs only. About a year back I bought a pair of 4ft horse packed decently by them and I brought it by train to Raipur. The price was Rs 400 after some bargain. There are wooden horses also which are priced about 2.5 times. So just see the artisans making them hardly get anywhere around the exported and extorted price.

  19. Thanks, Indrani. Through your post, I get to revisit all these places. Much Appreciated for capturing that region through your lenses.


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