Brass & Semi-Precious Stone Model of a Kandyan Chief & his Wife
Kandy, Sri Lanka
height of chief: 22cm
height of wife: 15.2cm
This pair of brass images shows a chief from Kandy and his wife. Both are in the elaborate costumes that the nobles of Kandy wore in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The chief wears the square-shaped hat associated with his office and a ring, signified by a blue cabochon stone. Both have an erect, noble pose. Each of the figures stands on a brass plate: the chief on a round, raised one befitting his high status, and the wife on a square, lower one.
The black and white photograph below is of a postcard ‘Kandyan Chiefs’ published by Plate & Co (Ceylon), circa 1910, and is available with the two figures.
Inventory no.: 634