Model figurehead of the Durban
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Kidbrooke Stores, NMM
Model figurehead of the barque 'Durban', 1870, representing the half (almost three-quarter) length figure of a bearded Zulu warrior with a shield on his left arm. The right arm is missing.
Nehemiah Williams of Tower Hill
H30.5 x W11.4 x D7.6 cms
Carved by Nehemiah Williams of Tower Hill circa 1870. Williams died at Limehouse in 1873. Presented to the NMM by Mr Auberon Raymond Willaims, 48 Magnolia road, Chiswick, London, 28/08/1991. According to the donor, the figure originally carried a spear aloft and wore a small beard. The full length figurehead from the Durban is on display in the Durban Museum and Art Gallery, South Africa.
The 'Durban', a barque of 332 tons, was built in London in 1870 and owned by Bullard, King & Co of the White Cross Line. From 1860, the company operated a regular service to Durban from London. The 'Durban' continued trading, until she was abandoned in 1887.
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Accessible to public
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