Indian Figure - Butler, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Reg. No: ST 039837
- Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure
This clay figure of a Butler 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 'Butler'.
- Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted red turned wood. A paper label is glued to the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a warm terracotta skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a black hat, white shirt, white coat, red waist sash and white trousers.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
|Dimensions:||19.5 cm (Height), 9 cm (Width)|
|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 a paper label glued to the base: 107
Written in pencil on the underside of the base: 18
|Place & Date Made:||Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880
NGV Stockbook gives date range.