Figurehead of the HMS Asia
- Figurehead type
- Figurehead of the HMS Asia
- Vessel name
- HMS Asia
- Type (Naval/Merchant)
- Copyright owner
- © National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Copyright notes
- Photo: © National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Current location
- National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
- Location date
- This compact figurehead, described in the Admiralty catalogue of 1911 as the ‘Figure of a Rajah (bust)’ is an Indian male figure. A red turban adorns his head with the bust draped in a white tunic. This carving is very compact and does not incorporate the folds of simulated cloth that usually wrap the base of the torso. The turban was once white but the restorer changed this detail to red at some point. His expressive face is comically moustached and he wears gold drop earrings.
- Date made
- Place made
- Object history
- Either carved in Bombay or shipped out from the UK. The figurehead was removed from the ship when sold in 1908 and at some point between then and 1911 it made its way to Portsmouth where it now resides. It was recorded in the Admiralty’s 1911 catalogue.
The figurehead was restored at some point as the colour of the turban was changed from white to red.
- Vessel history
- HMS 'Asia' is the fourth of its name and was built in Bombay and launched in 1824. Asia, a 2nd rate, 84 gun vessel was Sir Edward Codrington’s flagship at Navarino (1827) and blockaded Syria in 1840. She assumed the role of a transport ship during the Crimean War. In 1858 HMS 'Asia' returned to Portsmouth to become a guard ship to ships in ordinary before finally being broken up in 1908.
- David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.50
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 339
- Owner type
- Public Institution
- Owner name
- National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Contact details
- National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
- Ownership can be cited online
- Accessible to public
- Data verified by owner
- Date verified
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