Serenading Moon Man
This figurine formed of bisque (unglazed) porcelain and measuring only 4.2 inches tall was found during excavations along the I-95 corridor in Kensington. The large moon head, exaggerated facial features and costumed human body give the figure a cartoon-like quality. Although it does not have a manufacturer’s mark, this moon man matches examples made by the Schafer and Vater Porcelain Factory in Rudolstadt, Thuringia, Germany. It was part of a series featuring moon men and sun head women in various romantic and leisurely poses. Small figurines like this one were common mantle or shelf ornaments in the late 19th through early 20th century.