Amorous Couple

Amorous Couple
Metal Forms

Amorous Couple. Bronze; 13 cm x 9 cm. Kondh tribe, Orissa. c. early 20th century. FOI/CM/1. Kondh bronze figurines are carried by the bride as playthings for the bridegroom. In this piece, the young bride is shown with elaborate ornaments and hairdo. She is depicted larger than the groom because Kondh boys of 10 or 11 are married to girls of 15 or 16. Exaggerated torsos, short wiry limbs, tattooed faces and erotic gestures animate the couple.

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