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Indian Figure - Hindu Man, Poona, Clay, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 039776

Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu man 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 him as a 'Hindoo figure'.
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 dark brown skin tone and is dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a red hat, a white, red and black patterned top and sash, and white trousers. He is holding a piece of red, white and black patterned fabric close to the left side of his body.
Acquisition Information:
Donation (Probable) from Exhibition: 1880 International, Melbourne, 1880
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 18 cm (Height), 8 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: dolls, crafts, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, 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 glue to the upper side of the base: 154
Place & Date Made: Pune, Maharashtra, India, circa 1880

NGV Stockbook gives date range.

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