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Indian Figure - Hindu Clerk, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 040561

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu Clerk was part of a series of 82 Indian clay figures purchased from Stubb and Co for £9.10 in 1867 by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The group of figures, which came from Pune (Poonah), represented various castes, occupations and religious sects in India. The NGV Stock book records identify the figure as a 'Hindoo Clerk'.
Figure of a man on a turned wooden base. The base is painted brown. A paper label glued to the upper edge of the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a fair skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a white cotton shirt, a white tunic with orange and brown circles, a white cotton coat with brown and red trim, and white cotton trousers with black and red detailing on the cuffs. He has painted red hat and shoes. He also has long painted sideburns, a moustache and a tilaka.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.00 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, dolls, crafts, handcrafts, modelmaking, artistic practices, indigenous cultures, sculpture, artists, religions hinduism
Themes this item is part of: Clay Modelling in India, Poona (Poonah/Pune) Clay Modelling, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Affiliated Institutions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Printed in black ink on paper label: 56
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stock book gives date range.

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