Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Hindu man was made in Pune, 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. Pune sent exhibits to the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition 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 the figure as a 'Hindoo'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted red turned wood. A paper label is glued to the upper side of 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 painted red hat, a white coat with a black floral pattern, white waist sash, red braces, white trousers, and and shoes. The object is in fair condition, although the paint work is scratched and the textiles are dirty.

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