Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Muslim Gentleman 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 this figure as 'Mahomedan Gentleman'.

Physical Description

Figure of a man on a wooden base. The base is painted brown 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 terracotta skin tone and dressed in fabric. His garments consist of a white turban, white coat and white trousers. He has a shawl across his back and shoulders in red, white, green, black and yellow cotton.

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