Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a Brahmin woman was made in Pune (Poona), 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 'Brahmin Woman'.

Physical Description

Figure of a woman 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 fair skin tone and dressed in fabric. Her garments consist of once green silk blouse (now off-white) and a once blue cotton sari (now off-white) with a band of red and yellow trim.

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