Figurehead | Antigua
Figureheads mounted under the bowsprit. Decorative ship carving was one of the trades that flourished in shipbuilding regions in the nineteenth century. Figureheads conveyed a sense of prosperity that reflected favorably on the vessel’s owners and builders.
It was the design of wooden ship’s bows that determined whether the decoration would be a full figure, half-length or only a bust. Sometimes, only an ornament was chosen. When the shipowner ordered a ship, he decided whether he would pay for a figurehead. If he did, many figures
might depict the shipowner himself, his wife or children; Famous individuals, mythological characters, and patriotic themes were the most popular subjects.
© Ferry Zievinger Photograpy 2013
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