There is an ancient town in the heart of Tuscany in Italy, famous for it’s alabaster, a beautiful translucent stone used for centuries to create windows, before knowledge of glassmaking arrived in the west from the Orient. We stayed just outside Volterra a few years ago and one of our favourite daily pastimes was a coffee and a little ‘people watching’ in the main town square followed by a visit to one of the numerous alabaster studios within the town. Most of the fine sculptors in Volterra worked in pure classical style producing replicas of famous sculptures for the tourists but one rather more adventurous sculptor – Paolo Sabatini – drew us day after day to his studio to admire the quirky, magnificent and original pieces he produced there. An alabaster hand bursting out of a vintage wooden radio, apples and fruit, toothpaste tubes and high heeled shoes . A particular favourite was his sublime rendering of a large fig leaf which resided in a fine glass cabinet, strategically positioned in the centre of the studio to attract most attention. Every visitor we observed, including ourselves of course, was unable to resist the temptation to take a peek underneath the fig leaf, at which point would be heard guffaws of laughter, shrieks of giggles or loud intakes of embarassed breath, depending on the person doing the looking, for underneath the exquisitely sculpted fig leaf in true reflection of classical myth and Biblical tradition surrounding Adam and Eve, was to be found an equally exquisitely sculpted set of male tackle……………….