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Indian Figure - Portuguese Waiter from Goa, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039831

Summary:
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Portuguese Waiter from Goa 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. Pune 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 him as a 'Portugese Waiter from Goa'.
Description:
Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted red turned wood. A paper label is glued to 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 white tuxedo style shirt, a red and black neck-tie, a blue coat, black belt and white trousers.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 19.5 cm (Height), 7.5 cm (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 upper side of the base: 101
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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