Last week we promised you an image from Sara Hannant's recent visit to the Museum:
We think that this beautiful photograph brings this 'Kern Babby' to life! These figures were made around harvest time and would be carried in procession or sat at the head of the table to represent the spirit of the harvest. They were also placed in the last pew of the local church (sometimes with an apple in the pocket!). At the end of a year they would be burnt and their ashes scattered over the fields to insure a good new harvest. (See Object Number 1097).
Thanks again to Sara. These evocative images really show the collection at its very best. We wish you all the best with the project.