This rather unusual, macabre-looking figure is one of our most popular exhibits and can be found in our Banqueting Hall. It's a large leather figure of a woman with a spout in the top of the head, so it was presumably used as a bottle.
The main body of the figure is constructed of a substance a bit like papier-mâché and it was made in about 1600, but acquired by Southampton Cultural Services in the early 1950s. In 2010 it was conserved and treated by the Northampton Conservation Centre.
Who is the figure? The story is that it is Queen Elizabeth I, the costume certainly fits the period of her reign. Whoever it is, we can imagine it having pride of place on somebody's table at a feast and it being a talking point among the dinner guests. #CultureInQuarantine #Southampton #ObjectOfTheDay