Standing Parsi Statue and the Byculla Hotel, Bombay

c.1850-1870

The Khada Parsi statue, or the Standing Parsi Statue,  is a memorial fountain dedicated to Seth Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff (1763-1845), a Parsi businessman and educational reformer. He founded the Alexandra’s Girls English Institution which is considered to be one of the first schools dedicated to educating women in 18th century Bombay . Cursetjee’s son commissioned this fountain after judging a similar-looking fountain at the International Exhibition of London in 1862. Originally, the cast-iron structure with the bronze statue atop the Corinthian pillar was placed at the Nagpada junction.

Today it stands under the Byculla Bridge at the intersection of Byculla, Clare Road and Nagpada. Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff is portrayed holding sandalwood and a volume of the Zend Avesta.

Title
Standing Parsi Statue and the Byculla Hotel, Bombay
Period
c.1850-1870
Photographer
Francis Frith & Co.
Dimensions
H: 16 cm x W: 20.5 cm
Accession No.
2016.6.9