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Indian Figure - Guru or Hindu Priest, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 039830

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Guru or Hindu Priest 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. The group of figures, which came from Pune (Poonah), represented various castes, occupations and religious sects in India. The NGV Stock book describes the figure as a 'Gooroo, Hindoo Priest much revered, often live in the jungle'.
Figure of a man on a turned wooden base. The base is painted orange. There is a paper label glued to the upper surface of the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a terracotta skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a tall conical black hat, a white cotton coat and he has a number of strips of multicoloured cotton around arms. He is holding some looped string in his right hand and a black cylindrical object in his left. He has long sideburns and several linear white markings on his face and neck.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 17 cm (Height), 9.5 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 in black ink on a paper label glued to the upper surface of the base: 34
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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