The other biblical woman famed for decapitating a powerful man is Judith. She is remembered for reducing the Assyrian general Holofenes to a drunken stupor and then gleefully slicing off his head. Today, this gory deed is better known than that of Herodias/Salome, probably because the subject is more common in Renaissance art. However, I have only recorded one Staffordshire pottery portrayal. Shown below, it is a small plaque in the Hunt Collection.
I have seen our Melpomene previously, but in a somewhat altered form. Here she stands alongside a figure portraying the earth mother, Cybele. Notice the similarities? Clearly, the figures share many common body parts.
I have recorded but one example of Cybele and a companion Ceres decorated in pretty enamel colors. Unfortunately, I only have a black and white image of these beauties, and it was published 55 years ago.
PS: Another mystery: I remain puzzled as to why Melpomene's feet are painted brown. They look more like paws. A mistake....or am I missing something here?