Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure

This clay figure of a bull was made in Krishnanagar province, India, by Jadunath Pal. 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. This group was awarded a Second Order of Merit and was exhibited as part of the British India Court. It was gifted to the National Gallery of Victoria by the India Commission of the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81.

Physical Description

Figure of a bull on a base of fired clay painted white. There is a small paper label glued to the upper surface of the base. The bull is fired clay, painted and modelled over ferrous metal armature. The bull is painted white with light grey horns, hooves and nose and has a symbol painted on each side of its hindquarters. The clay on the horns and right foot has cracked and dropped off showing the ferrous metal armatures, this is probably a result of corrosion. The front right corner of the base has been lost and the ferrous metal armature holding the building on the base is visible.

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