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Figurehead of ship "Creole"

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Since the early years of recorded history, figureheads have decorated the bows of vessels, to invoke beneficent guiding spirits, to ward off evil spirits, and to help insure safe passage. Damage to or loss of the figurehead was considered a bad omen, and superstitious crewmembers sometimes...

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Provenance

Lent by J. Templeman Coolidge / February 27, 1929

Credit Line

Gift of John Templeman Coolidge

1847

Dimensions

Overall: 175.3 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm (69 x 18 x 18 in.)

Accession Number

32.172

Medium or Technique

Wood

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Americas

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