Male figurehead - unidentified (Roman soldier)
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
A long bust-length polychrome male figurehead apparently in the form of a Roman soldier, with a cloak draped over armour. The costume suggests it came from a vessel whose name had some association with ancient Rome, but no other information is recorded about its origins.
H71 x W15 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
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