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Indian Figure - Hindu Ayah, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 040266

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu Ayah or Museum was part of a series of 82 Indian clay figures purchased from Stubb and Co for £9.10 in 1867 by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The group of figures, which came from Pune (Poonah), represented various castes, occupations and religious sects in India. The NGV Stock book records identify the figure as 'Muse, or Ayah (Hindoo)'.
Figure of a woman on a on a wooden base. The base is turned and painted green. A paper label is glued to the upper surface of the base. The woman is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, which are attached to the base through her legs. She is painted with a dark brown skin tone and dressed in fabric. She is dressed in a red cotton blouse, a white cotton sari with a red boarder.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 15.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, dolls, crafts, handcrafts, modelmaking, artistic practices, indigenous cultures, sculpture, 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: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Affiliated Institutions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Printed on label in black ink: 9
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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