Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a low caste Hindu villager was part of a series of 82 Indian clay figures purchased from Stubb and Co for £9.10 in 1867 by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The group of figures, which came from Pune (Poonah), represented various castes, occupations and religious sects in India. The NGV Stock book records identify the figure as a 'Villager (Low Caste Hindoo) with species of Ant-eater'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted brown turned wood. A paper label is glued to the base. The figure is plaster/composition modeled over wooden dowels, it is painted with a dark brown skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a white cotton loincloth and tunic and he is carrying a piece of black cotton over his right shoulder.

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