figure group

manufacturer: unknown

Post 1829
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figure group, two male figures dressed in bathing costumes stand side by side with an arm around the other's shoulder. The figure to the viewer's right has his legs crossed. The ligament which joined the two at the breastbone is clearly discernible. Costumes striped red and blue, green base, yellow hair. A pedestal to rear.

This figural pair represents the original Siamese twins, Eng and Chang, who were brought to America by the great PT Barnum after having been discovered in Siam. The brothers travelled far and wide and these figurines were probably given away as a souvenir to the public who visited them.” Chang and Eng, the Bunker brothers, were the most famous Siamese twins of the Victorian era.
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manufacturer: unknown
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Production date
Post 1829
Media description
porcelain, glazed
83 x 24 x 37 mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
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This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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