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Indian Figure - Hindu Woman of Low Caste, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039945

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a low caste Hindu woman 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. and 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 the figure as a 'Hindoo Woman of Low Caste'.
Figure of a woman on a wooden base. The base is painted red turned wood. A paper label is glued to the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a dark brown skin tone and dressed in fabric. Her garments consist of a red cotton blouse with yellow and black polka dots and a white cotton sari with red and yellow trim.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 17 cm (Height), 7 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, dolls, crafts, modelmaking, artistic practices, 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: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Printed in black ink on paper label: 136.
Written in pencil on the underside of the base: 47
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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