Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Cahulee woman carrying a basket was made in Lucknow, 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. This group was awarded a Third Order of Merit and was exhibited 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 identifies the figure as a 'Cahulee Woman'.

Physical Description

Figure of a woman on a oval base made from fired clay. A paper label is glued to the base. The figure is fired clay modeled over ferrous metal armature, which attaches to the base. The figure is painted with a fair skin tone and brown hair. She is dressed in a white dress, with a purple sash and blue pants, and is carrying a large wicker basket on her back.

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