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Indian Figure - Parsi Gentleman, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 039953

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Parsi Gentleman 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 'Parsee Gentleman'.
Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted black turned wood. A paper label is glued to the upper side of the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a terracotta skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a green cotton coat with a red waist sash, a white shirt, and white trousers. He wears a painted tall black hat and red shoes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12 cm (Height), 7 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, handcrafts, indigenous cultures, sculpture, religions zoroastrianism
Themes this item is part of: Clay Modelling in India, 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: 20
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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