Two hand-modelled toy figurines: Early 16th century
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Two stoneware figurines of women riding horses side saddle. Both have most of the horse missing. The figure at the bottom is also missing the head. The Rhineland potteries developed their retail market by offering a wide range of stoneware products, such as anthropomorphic whistles, spindle whorls, marbles, figurines and other small trifles and novelties for children and adults alike. Several equestrian figurines (like the example shown here) have been found in London, which suggests that these objects were mass-produced for export. Whether they were made as childrens' toys, for Nativity scenes or in some other devotional purpose is unclear.
1500 AD - 1540 AD