Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Potter 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 'Indian Potter & Wheel'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a wooden base, painted orange. 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 white cotton shawl with red and brown circle decoration. He has a painted white skull cap and loincloth. He has a painted dark brown beard and moustache. He is seated in front of a potters spoke wheel and there are several thrown pots around him.

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