'Old Age' statue, Staffordshire, England, 1801-1830

Made:
1801-1830 in Staffordshire

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Pottery statue, entitled "Old Age" depicting a man on crutches, Staffordshire, 1800-1830.

Old age and infirmity is represented by this elderly man hunched over a walking stick and supported by a crutch. Old age or elderliness was not necessarily perceived in terms of age but physical condition. The pottery statue was made in Staffordshire, England, a centre of ceramic-making called the Potteries. It was bought at auction in October 1918.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A21425
type:
figurine
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Fosters