Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a low caste Hindu woman 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. and 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 Woman of Low Caste'.

Physical Description

Figure of a woman on a wooden base. The base is painted red 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. Her garments consist of a red cotton blouse with yellow and black polka dots and a white cotton sari with red and yellow trim.

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