Figurehead of the Lalla Rookh

Basic Information

FigID
F0144
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Lalla Rookh
Vessel name
Lalla Rookh
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
04/03/2013

Physical Information

Description
A large full-length female figurehead. She wears a white skirt with light blue and gold detail on hem. She also wears a dark blue and white bodice with gold edging, matching waistband, fur-trimmed purple cloak, tall white turban with gold jewellery at front, and white pearl necklace and golden bracelets.
She has dark skin and long black hair. Her left arm is across her breast and the right arm held forward holding a flower.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H216 x W50 x D77 cms
Materials
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead was found in Jersey immediately before World War II(1939), but the provenance is not entirely certain.
Vessel history
The ship was an iron ship of 869 tons, owned by Prowse and Company of Liverpool. She was wrecked on Prawle Point, Devon, in 1873 on her way home from Shanghai. The ship was in the China tea trade and was near home when she struck a rock at Gammon Head. Fifteen men were saved, but the mate was lost and a stowaway who was ill may have died before the wreck.
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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The Cutty Sark Trust
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

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