by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is an agate stoneware figurine fragment recovered from a ca. 1755 context associated with George Washington and his family in the home where he grew up as a boy from the age of 6 until his early 20s. This fragment of a monk’ figurine from Staffordshire, England, would have been part of a set of other figurines that adorned the mantle over the Washington family’s fireplace. As such, this figurine expressed the Washington family’s keen fashion sense as part of the Virginia gentry class. It was recovered archaeologically at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and scanned in the Small Finds Laboratory at Ferry Farm. The figurine was dusted with a neutral talc powder to facilitate the scanning process.