Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

Clay figure of a villager carrying a load made in Krishnanagar province, India, by Jadunath Pal. 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 Second 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 records identify this figure as 'Villager carrying load'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a square base made from fired clay, painted white. Two paper labels are glued to the base. The man 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. His garments consist of a white tunic and white loincloth. He wears a red necklace and a red arm band on his upper right arm. He has real hair on his face and chest.

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