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Indian Figure - Bengali Gentleman, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039763

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Bengali 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. It was gifted to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) by the India Commission of the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81. The National Gallery of Victoria Stock book records identify the figure as a 'Bengalee Gentleman'.
Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted, black turned wood. A paper label is glued on the upper side of the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a dark brown skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a hat, a white coat with black flowers, a pink sash, white trousers, and painted black shoes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 195 mm (Height), 90 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
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: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Printed in black ink on paper label glued to the base: 132
Handwritten in pencil on underside of base: 43
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

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