Female figurehead - unidentified (Shepherdess)
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
A full-length polychrome female figurehead, including the feet, dressed in a ‘shepherdess’ or pastoral style in a blue tunic over a white undergarment, and a red skirt, both with gold edging. The left arm is crossed over the breast. The extended right arm is missing but was clearly detachable at sea, since the shoulder has the vertical 'female' groove into which it slotted. Unfortunately nothing else is known about it.
H189.2 x W66.0 x D61.0 cms
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
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