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Figurine - Lady Godiva, Ceramic, Staffordshire Potteries, England, after 1865 (Incomplete) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 068057

This figurine was excavated at Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It depicts Lady Godiva, who was a historical figure in English history. According to legend she rode through Coventry naked to get her husband, the Earl, to lower taxes. Another figurine made from the same mould as this, was also found at the site.

Numerous crockery pieces were found all over the Little Lon site. Crockery gives us a glimpse of everyday life in Melbourne in the 1880s. In the houses around Little Lon, residents used decorated crockery. Most pieces were cheap earthenware or stoneware, yet provided colour and cheer. Only a few could afford to buy matching sets, and most china was probably acquired second-hand. Some were once expensive pieces. Householders mixed and matched their crockery from the great range of mass-produced designs available. 'Blue and white' and the 'willow' pattern, was the most popular choice and was produced by English potteries from 1790.
Figurine is unglazed and of Lady Godiva seated on a horse riding side- saddle. Woman is naked with her hands crossed over her stomach. Head of the woman and horse are missing. Foliage is visible under the horse and they are mounted on an oval stand. Writing is impressed on the base.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 58 mm (Height), 60 mm (Width), 20 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: domestic
Trench Unit Number: 18/26/33
Inscriptions: Impressed writing on the base reads 'LADY G.DE'
Manufacturer: 1865-

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