Figurehead HMS Serpent
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
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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.
H132 x W38 x D30.5 cms
Figurehead was presented to the National Maritime Museum by the Admiralty in 1936, having previously been housed in the Fire Engine House, Devonport House.
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.
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth, 2011) p.73
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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