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Billet Heads

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Billetheads, usually carved with scrolled, naturalistic leaf forms, sometimes ornamented the bow of a ship, in the place of a figurehead. They also served as decorative pedestals on which figureheads stood. No evidence remains, however, to suggest that these billetheads ever supported a figurehead.

Provenance

Lent by J. Templeman Coolidge / February 27, 1929

Credit Line

Gift of John Templeman Coolidge

19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 34.3 x 55.2 x 15.2 cm (13 1/2 x 21 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

32.179

Medium or Technique

Wood

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Americas

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