Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a man 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 turned wooden base, painted red. 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 white and red sleeveless cotton shirt with black and white detailing at the neck, cuffs and centre, a white cotton sash and white cotton trousers with red trim. He has a painted white hat and black moustache.

More Information