The gnome, which originated in 19th century Germany, has long been a popular garden accessory. They are often the target of pranks, known as gnoming, where people return garden gnomes “to the wild”. Winkle the ceramic gnome is depicted with the standard pointy hat, beard, belt, pointy shoes and a shovel. What a fun piece to paint! Just make sure you keep him well protected as they’ve been known to be kidnapped, put in a pocket or suitcase and sent on trips around the world.