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Indian Figure - Parsi Woman, Poona, Clay, circa 1867 Object Reg. No: ST 039944

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Parsi woman 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 Stock book records identify the figure as a 'Parsee Woman bringing Water from Tank'.
Figure of a woman 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 fair skin tone and dressed in fabric. Her garments consist of a blue sari with green, red, yellow and white trim, white blouse and trousers, and painted black shoes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 11 cm (Height), 5 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, handcrafts, indigenous cultures, sculpture, religions zoroastrianism
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 paper label: 49
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1867

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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