Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Tailor 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. He is identified in the NGV Stockbook as a 'Tailor'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man sitting cross legged on a round base made from fired clay, painted yellow and brown. A paper label is glued to the base. The man is fired clay modelled over a ferrous metal armature, which is attached to the base. The figure is painted with a dark brown skin tone and is wearing a white tunic, he is also sewing a blue tunic and has a white parcel in front of him.

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