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Indian Figure - Hindu Tailor, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 039836

Summary:
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu Tailor 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 Stockbook describes the figure as a 'Hindoo Tailor'.
Description:
Figure of a man on a turned wooden base. The base is painted red. A paper label is glued to the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a terracotta skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of white cotton turban, shirt, tunic and trousers. He has a white cotton bundle and three pieces of textiles - orange, brown and brown with white stripes - across his shoulders. He holds a piece of red cloth in his left hand and a folded piece of brown cloth with white stripes in his right. He also has a painted beard and moustache .
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13 cm (Height), 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 base: 22
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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