Ship's Figurehead by Unknown Artist

Through carbon-14 analysis, the ship's figurehead has been dated to 350-650 A.


149 cm
Art Fund grant:
£350 ( Total: £750)
Acquired in:
Dr Burg

D. - much older than initially believed. Originally placed during the Viking period, this adornment would have been made a time the Germanic peoples roamed Europe or a time when the Germanic peoples roamed throughout Europe or consolidated their kingdoms around the North Sea basin. The menacing appearance of the carving, with its gaping mouth and large eyes and teeth, served to protect those journeying by sea from the water's evil forces.


Found in the river Scheldt at Appels, Belgium, in 1934.

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