Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a man wearing a blue and white checked shirt was made in Krishnanagar province, 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. It was gifted to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) by the India Commission of the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a square base made from fired clay, painted white. The figure is fired clay modeled over ferrous metal armature, which attaches to the base. The figure is painted with a dark brown skin tone and is dressed in fabric. He is a hat, a red beaded necklace, a blue and white shirt, and pink pants, and has a triangle of white fabric over his right shoulder.

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