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Indian Figure - Water Carrier, Lucknow, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039959

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Water Carrier was made in Lucknow, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, as part of a group of figures representing various castes, occupations and religious sects in India. This group was awarded a Third Order of Merit and was exhibited as part of the British India Court. It was gifted to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) by the India Commission of the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81. The NGV Stock book identifies the figure as a 'Water Carrier'.
Figure of a man on a round base made from fired clay, painted brown. A paper label is glued to the upper side of the base. The figure is fired clay modeled over ferrous metal armature, which attaches to the base. The figure is painted, with a terracotta skin tone and is wearing a white shirt and pants, with a red hat and sash; he is carrying a water bag over his left shoulder.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
Themes this item is part of: Clay Modelling in India, Lucknow Clay Modelling, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Printed in black ink on paper label: 114
Handwritten in pencil on the underside of the base: 25
Place & Date Made: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, circa 1880

NGV Stock book gives date range.

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