Cyclist. Terracotta; 18 cm x 9 cm. Goalpara, Assam. Contemporary. VCD. Cyclewallas or cyclists are a common sight all over India. However, this cyclist with immoveable tyres though animated by superficial wheels, is the creation of potter Dhirendra Nath Pal in response to the changing tastes of his clientele. During fairs and festivals the cycle, among other toys, is sold in huge numbers and dragged along a string by enthusiastic little boys and girls. The pinched facial rendering and elephant-like floppy ears are characteristic of Assam terracottas of which Shashtimai, or goddess Shashti with a child, and Hathimai, a female figure with hathi or elephant ears, are most popular.

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