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Female figurehead - unidentified (Shepherdess)
F0091 A Female Figurehead -  Shepherdness  style - FHD0036
basic info
FigID
F0091
InstID
FHD0036
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Female figurehead - unidentified (Shepherdess)
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
01/05/2013
physical info
Description
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.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H189.2 x W66.0 x D61.0 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
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.
Vessel history
Unknown
Bibliography
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
Ownership info
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
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified