Stamp or trinket box lid

This is a lid most probably from a stamp or trinket box.  The colour transfer on the lid depicts Tam O'Shanter on his horse.  Burns wrote the poem "Tam O'Shanter" as a "witch story" to accompany the illustration of Alloway Kirk which was to be published by his friend, Captain Francis Grose in his "Antiquities of Scotland".  It is both comic and epic, telling the story of Tam's encounter with a coven of witches on his ride home from a night's drinking at the inn.   Throughout the 19th century the cult of Burns rose to huge proportions.  Images derived from his life and work, and of the poet himself were frequently used in domestic ornamentation and were to be found in most Scottish homes.
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depth 9mm, diameter 88mm
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paper, papier mache
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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