1. Spanish Dancers

This figure is playing a friction drum  – or zambomba – a traditional  instrument comprising an earthenware pot with a membrane stretched over it. This is then vibrated to produce a sound using the stick which pierces the membrane. The zambomba is a traditional Spanish instrument which was often used at Christmas time to accompany the singing of carols.

This figure is attributed to the Burslem potter Ralph Wood and dates to c.1780-1800.