Marine art, figureheads of note



What does Solar Lady look like?  The figurehead below is exhibited at the Maritime Museum in Paris, France. She is carved in the traditional way with classical form to good effect. The Solar Lady is both ancient and futuristic in style and form, She would not look out of place in a temple in Ancient Egypt, the Tate Modern or the Louvre.



Figurehead in the Paris Maritime Museum



It was the practice in most French Military dockyards to have a statue watching out for the vessels under construction, repair or simply at anchor.  The figure below is also exhibited at the Maritime Museum in Paris, France.



Figurehead carved in wood, a French military dockyard adornment



Some ships had exquisite stern carvings as to complement those at the prow, illustrated by the gold leaf covered relief of this scene; once again on display at the Maritime Museum in Paris, France.



A very elaborate wooden carving from the stern of a ship



The Solar Lady is likely to be carved in a variety of materials, using different skill sets. It is likely the boats designer will use his wood carving and other experience to create a contemporary work to reflect the technology, while retaining traditional roots.  Nelson believes the female form personifies the hopes of all mariners, reminds them of family and country, and symbolises the maternal hand that steers us all through life's ups and downs, while also representing regeneration - a driving force.




Mermaid figurehead in gold leaf, Prince Fredericks Barge 1732


Mermaid figurehead in gold lleaf, Prince Fredericks Barge 1732


   Pirate Spanish galleon, La Contessa


Pirate Spanish galleon, La Contessa, lighting the passage with a lantern.


Ships figure head, classic bare breasted maiden keeping a lookout, weather watch


Mermaid figurehead, classis bare-breasted maiden keeping a watchful weather eye












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