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Indian Figure - Hindu Writer, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039844

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu writer 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 Stockbook records identify the figure as a 'Hindoo Writer'.
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 terracotta skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a a red coat, black belt, white trousers, and a brown bag slung across his right shoulder. He has a painted red hat and red shoes.
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, 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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
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 upper side of the base: 150
Handwritten in pencil on the underside of the base: 59
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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