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Indian Figure - Mohammedan Cloth Seller, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 040635

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Muslim cloth seller 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 Cloth Seller'.
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 a terracotta colour and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of white coat and trousers, and a pink sash. He has a painted red hat. He is holding a piece of red cloth in his right hand.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 19.5 cm (Height), 8 cm (Width)

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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: 148
Handwritten in pencil on under side of base: 57
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stock book gives date range.

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