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Indian Figure - Priest of the Hindu Goddess Kali, Poona Clay, 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 039828

Summary:
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Priest of the Hindu Goddess Kali was made in 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 1867 as a purchase from Stubb and Co.
Description:
Figure of a man on a turned wooden base. The base is painted red. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a dark brown skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a white cotton coat, he has a number of strips of multicoloured cotton around his arms and waist, and is wearing a black belt with small gold balls around it. He is holding some twisted textile in his right hand.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 14 cm (Height), 11 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
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

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