This ignominious fate is reserved not only for King Edward V, who is the rider of the magnificent Kala Ghoda. The statues of Queen Victoria and many other prominent British governors languish in isolation in the overgrown backyard of the Bhaudaji Lad museum, once known as the Victoria and Albert museum. Figures of history, yes. But of an era that Bombay chooses to forget.

But while the Kala Ghoda is inscribed with details of the name of the sculptor -- J E Boehm -- and the year 1877, when it was probably built, there is no information available on the sculptor of the Empress of India's statue.