Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897 - Godiva often referred to as Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.
Naked male kouroi (youths) were sculpted as an emblem of physical and moral excellence. A female counterpart was known as a kore (girl). Although clothed, the forms of the body were often carefully indicated beneath the layers of sculpted fabric. Originally, this girl held a bowl in her right hand and a fold of her skirt in the left.