Indian Figure - Hindu Merchant, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Reg. No: ST 039841
- Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure
This clay figure of a Hindu Merchant 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 the figure as a 'Hindoo Merchant'.
- Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted brown turned wood. A paper label is glued to 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 red turban, a white tunic and long coat, both with red and black trim, and painted red and black shoes.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
|Dimensions:||19 cm (Height), 7 cm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, dolls, crafts, modelmaking, artistic practices, 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:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Secondary Classification:||Melbourne International Exhibition 1880|
|Tertiary Classification:||exhibition heritage|
|Inscriptions:||Printed in black ink on paper label glued to base: 112
Handwritten in pencil on underside of base: 23
|Place & Date Made:||Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880
NGV Stockbook gives date range.