A pipe clay figurine depicting a woman and child. The woman is holding a pair of shears in her right hand. The child is holding a jug in the right hand, and perhaps a drinking vessel in the left. At the base is a barrel supported on a stool. Damage to the figurine has resulted in loss of the woman’s face.


If the depicted scene is contemporary, the shears might provide a clue to the dating. For domestic use, they were superseded during the 17th century by scissors, although they continue to be used to the present day for other purposes.