You may see this odd little figure from time to time. Know who she is? Not very obvious, I will admit, but she represents Thalia, the Muse of Comedy.
But what did Staffordshire potters know of tragic theatrical masks? Seemed to them that nothing was more tragic than a funeral, so the counterpart to our little figure of Comedy is a uniquely Staffordshire-inspired version of Tragedy...standing beside a tombstone.
And, to prove I am not making this up, here is a similar figure, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, titled TRAGEDY. Perhaps her maker knew she would reside in a museum case for much of her life, never again to have the sun warm her form?