Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a man with a bandaged face and a shoulder bag was made in Pune in India in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It was exhibited as part of a group of figures representing various castes, occupations and religious sects. Such figures were exhibited at International Exhibitions and often won awards. This figure was accessioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in 1867 as a purchase from Stubb and Co.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted brown turned wood. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a terracotta skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a red hat, a blue coat, a white and blue striped waist sash and white trousers. He has a white fabric bandage around his face and he wears painted red shoes. He is holding a large brown bag on his left arm.

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