The plot thickens – woman riding goat is actually a man

The Snippets European Cultural & Historical Correspondent, Julia, has responded to the last post with some fascinating information about the goat-rider: “This is a traditional 17th century topos. It’s not a woman. This is (a copy of ) a famous Meissen Porcelain figurine called “Schneider auf Ziegenbock” (Taylor on goat). It’s a rococo figure.  As you can see the goat is carrying the iron! They are still producing it in the Porzellan Manufaktur in Meissen near Dresden, Germany (unfortunately not so cheap.)”
I did notice that the poor goat was carrying the iron. Thanks Julia- here I was thinking it was just a weird Australian trinket that someone thought was appropriate to display in the foyer of a city hotel.


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