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Indian Figure - Hindu Packman's 'Coolie', Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 040274

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu Packman's Coolie 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 'Packmans Coolie (Hindoo)'.
Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted red 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 medium brown skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a red cloth turban, a shirt of red and white cotton and white trousers and a sash. He has two large cloth bundles slung across his shoulders and is holding a piece of folded paper in his right hand.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13 cm (Height), 5.5 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: 8
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stock book gives date range.

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