Male figurehead - unidentified (Roman soldier)

Basic Information

FigID
F0093
InstID
FHD0039
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Male figurehead - unidentified (Roman soldier)
Vessel name
Arabella
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
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.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H71 x W15 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 Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
No
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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