Object Detail


Artist
Date
Circa 1835-1855
Period
19th century
Media
Carved and painted wood
Measurements
46 3/4 x 22 x 21 inches
Classification
Subject Category
Figurehead
Credit Line
Gift of David Rubenstein, 1964.1320
Accession No
64.1320
Context
During the nineteenth-century, the shops or warehouses responsible for the carving of figureheads, billet-heads, and signboards were typically clustered around major ship yards and wharves that hired from the influx of large immigrant populations. In the past, hardwood like elm or oak was used, although today yellow pine is favored.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Classification

 Share