Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a man wearing shorts 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. The NGV Stock book identifies him simply as 'Figure'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a round base made from fired clay. The base is painted white and red. A paper label is glued to the upper side of the base. The figures is constructed of fired clay modeled over a ferrous metal armature, which is attached to the base. The figure is painted with a very dark brown skin tone and is wearing white shorts and holding what appears to be a bow.

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