Quiz: How well do you know your statues in Mumbai?

Research: Bombay Gothic by Christopher London
Research: Bombay Gothic by Christopher London

Clue 1: The two life-size statues stand on conical pinnacles of central roofs, made using Porbander stone.
Clue 2: The design of the structure was presumably inspired by a German castle. Comprising six storeys, it’s the second largest public building in the city.
Clue 3: If one of the statues could talk, it would say, ‘Kanoon ke haath…’

Clue 1: It’s one of the many eight-feet tall figures carved in the niches of the structure. They were executed by students of Sir JJ School of Art under the guidance of Rudyard Kipling’s father and illustrator, Sir Lockwood Kipling.
Clue 2: Funded by ‘cotton king’ Premchand Roychand, the structure is named after his mother. It helped her have her meals on time.
Clue 3: There was a time when it was the tallest structure (230 feet) in the city.

Clue 1: The 14-feet high statue by Thomas Earp holds a flaming torch in her right hand and has a wheel resting by her left side.
Clue 2: It stands on a building, now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which took 10 years to construct. When finished in 1888, the total expenditure was 2,60,000 sterling pounds, the highest for any building of that era in Bombay.
Clue 3: A song picturised here won an Academy Award.

Clue 1: Holding a ship aloft in her right hand, the allegorical figure by British artist Hems represents a motto meaning ‘the first city of India’, devised by visionary governor Sir Bartle Frere.
Clue 2: At the time it was built, the building had the capacity to store almost 1,82,000 litres of water in roof tanks, to not only fight fires but also run the hydraulic lifts.
Clue 3: A statue of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta nearby gives her company.

Clue 1: The three figures, one male and other two female, seated under the statue on the pediment, represent (from left) China, India and Australia.
Clue 2: The neo-classical style building was designed by the illustrious FW Stevens, though he died before it was built. It was completed by his son, Charles Stevens.
Clue 3: Over a century-old Parsi eatery in Ballard Estate, most famous for its Berry Pulao, shares the name with the statue. C’mon, guess already.


1 Statues of Mercy and Justice atop the Bombay High Court
2 One of the statues that represents 24 castes of Western India at Rajabai Clock Tower
3 The Lady Of Progress atop the central dome at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
4 Allegorical figure of Urbs Prima In Indis at BrihanMumbai Mahanagar Palika (formerly Bombay Municipal Corporation) building
5 Statue of Britannia on top of the Standard Chartered Bank Building


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