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Indian Figure - Mohammedan Gentleman, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 040450

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Muslim Gentleman was made in Pune, 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. Pune sent exhibits to the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition 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 records identify this figure as 'Mahomedan Gentleman'.
Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted brown 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 white turban, white coat and white trousers. He has a shawl across his back and shoulders in red, white, green, black and yellow cotton.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20 cm (Height), 8 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measurements taken for Australia Gallery redevelopment.

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, religions islam
Themes this item is part of: Clay Modelling in India, Poona (Poonah/Pune) Clay Modelling, Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, 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: 134
Handwritten in pencil on under side of base: 45
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stock book gives date range.

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