Indian Figure - Man, Clay Object Reg. No: ST 040407

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a man was made in Calcutta or Pune in India in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It was exhibited as part of a group of figures representing various castes, occupations and religious sects. Such figures were exhibited at International Exhibitions and often won awards. This figure was accessioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in either 1867 as a purchase from Stubb and Co, or was gifted to the Gallery by the India Commission of the Melbourne International Exhibition at the close of the Exhibition in 1881.
Figure of a man on a base of fired red clay. The man is fired clay modeled over ferrous metal armature and is fixed to the base with ferrous metal pins. The figure is very dirty and missing limbs and the paint on the face and garments is flaking.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 28.5 cm (Height), 8 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne intercolonial australasian 1866-1867, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
Themes this item is part of: Clay Modelling in India, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Place & Date Made: India, 1866-1880

NGV Stock book for date range

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