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Figurehead (object)

A carved wooden decoration found at the bow of ships, generally of a design related to the name or role of a ship.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 0001
The tradition of decorating the bow of a ship with a sculptural figure or relief has existed since ancient times. In ancient Rome the bow decoration was called rostra, in ancient Greece - caryatid.

Spread over the bowsprit and pointing forward, it was a symbol of the ship, the pride of ship owners and captains.
When the ship served its term, the figure was removed, and it decorated the walls of buildings, columns, the house of the owner or captain. Subsequently, the bow figures ended up in maritime museums.
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Ocean liners: Figurehead of IMPERATOR

Ocean liners: Figurehead of IMPERATOR

Photo shows the figurehead of a model of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009, 2013)

Рисунки к статье «Нос корабля». Военная энциклопедия Сытина (Санкт-Петербург, 1911-1915)

Рисунки к статье «Нос корабля». Военная энциклопедия Сытина (Санкт-Пет...

Русский: Носовые (или гальюнные) фигуры на судах. Эти рисунки были использованы для иллюстрирования статьи «Нос корабля» опубликованной в семнадцатом томе «Военной энциклопедии», который был издан книгоиздател... More

Ocean liners: IMPERATOR - figurehead

Ocean liners: IMPERATOR - figurehead

Photo shows the figurehead of the S.S. Imperator, an ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. The figurehead was damaged in 1914 and replaced with grillwork. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)

Sir Robert Archdale Parkhill inspects a ship's figurehead at Snapper Island, Sydney

Sir Robert Archdale Parkhill inspects a ship's figurehead at Snapper I...

This photograph depicts Federal Minister for Defence Sir Robert Archdale Parkhill (in a bowler hat), inspecting a ship's figurehead at Snapper Island in Sydney on 20 July 1935. Minister Parkhill presented badge... More

Vasas galjonsfigur, utformat som ett lejon, under bärgning. Lejonets man glänste ännu av guld vid bärgningen.

Vasas galjonsfigur, utformat som ett lejon, under bärgning. Lejonets m...

Vasas galjonsfigur, utformat som ett lejon, under bärgning. Lejonets man glänste ännu av guld vid bärgningen.

A porcelain figurine of a woman on a pedestal, Europe, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

A porcelain figurine of a woman on a pedestal, Europe, free to use, no...

A porcelain figurine of a woman on a pedestal, 18th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Swedish warship Vasa (Wasa) 1-461

Swedish warship Vasa (Wasa) 1-461

1-461 Public domain photograph of sculpture in Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Grimaldi

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Grima...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of HMS Ajax

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of HMS Ajax

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Caledonia

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Caled...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

Arbete i trofésalen (senare minneshallen) vid dess uppordnande.Till höger galjonsfiguren Euredice, liggandes till vänster Vladislaff.

Arbete i trofésalen (senare minneshallen) vid dess uppordnande.Till hö...

Arbete i trofésalen (senare minneshallen) vid dess uppordnande.Till höger galjonsfiguren Euredice, liggandes till vänster Vladislaff.

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 400 - Figure-head of the Nile

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 400 - Figure-head of the Nile

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Eliza Jane

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 399 - Figure-head of the Eliza...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

Swedish warship Vasa (Wasa) 1-462

Swedish warship Vasa (Wasa) 1-462

1-462 Public domain photograph of sculpture in Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen Public domain photograph, Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Karlskrona Navy port and shipyard, Sweden V2296

Karlskrona Navy port and shipyard, Sweden V2296

V2296 Public domain photograph, Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Galjonsbild från linjeskeppet CARL XIV JOHAN.

Galjonsbild från linjeskeppet CARL XIV JOHAN.

Galjonsbild från linjeskeppet CARL XIV JOHAN. Public domain photograph of a sculpture, monument, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of HMS Edinburgh

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of HMS Edinb...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of the Collingwood

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of the Colli...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

Detaljbild som visar galjonsfiguren av Linjeskepp Stockholm monterad på fartyget. Figuren framställer Erik den helige, Stockholm skyddshelgon. Foto är tagen underifrån och frontal framför skeppet förstäv.

Detaljbild som visar galjonsfiguren av Linjeskepp Stockholm monterad p...

Detaljbild som visar galjonsfiguren av Linjeskepp Stockholm monterad på fartyget. Figuren framställer Erik den helige, Stockholm skyddshelgon. Foto är tagen underifrån och frontal framför skeppet förstäv.

Old ship figureheads museum, Karlskrona, Sweden MM01153

Old ship figureheads museum, Karlskrona, Sweden MM01153

MM01153 Public domain photograph, Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Af Chapmans galjon och förmodlingchapmans kvarnbalkar med lejonhuvud. Bilden tagen i galjonslunden.

Af Chapmans galjon och förmodlingchapmans kvarnbalkar med lejonhuvud. ...

Af Chapmans galjon och förmodlingchapmans kvarnbalkar med lejonhuvud. Bilden tagen i galjonslunden.

Old ship figureheads museum, Karlskrona, Sweden MM01154

Old ship figureheads museum, Karlskrona, Sweden MM01154

MM01154 Public domain photograph, Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen

Galjonsträdgården övre delen efter omändringen Public domain photograph, Sweden, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of the Shannon

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 396 - Figure-head of the Shann...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of the Britannia

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of the Brita...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of the Canopus

The Strand Magazine vol. 2, no. 10, pg. 398 - Figure-head of the Canop...

Illustration from The Strand Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10