Figurehead HMS Serpent

Basic Information

FigID
F0045
InstID
FHD0103
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead HMS Serpent
Vessel name
HMS Serpent
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
31/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
Wooden figurehead from HMS 'Serpent' (1887). The figurehead depicts an Indian snake charmer and is finished with polychrome oil paint: its head, hand and most of one side are missing is the National maritime Museum part(left half). However, the right half of the figurehead was sighted in Spain by David Pulvertaft in 2003. It indicates the complete figure was a bearded man in a cap with a white robe and red sash.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H132 x W38 x D30.5 cms
Materials
wood
Object history
Figurehead was presented to the National Maritime Museum by the Admiralty in 1936, having previously been housed in the Fire Engine House, Devonport House.
Vessel history
The ship was a torpedo cruiser of 1770 tons built at Devonport Dockyard in 1887 and wrecked on 10 November 1890 near Corcubion Bay in Northern Spain.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth, 2011) p.73

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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