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Traces of original gesso and red polychrome
First half 16th Century
Size: 65cm high, 23cm wide, 42cm deep – 25½ ins high, 9 ins wide, 16½ ins deep
Please note this carved oak lions head is a capital from the stern or port gallery of a British merchant or war ship.
Probably not a corbel from a merchant’s house (as catalogued)
16th / 17th Century
Throughout history ships have been richly ornamented. They were always made of wood, often oak, gaily painted which protected them against the sea and weather. Wood carving on shipbuilding corresponds to sculpture in architecture. The bow and stern, mast and rudder were all over laden with ornaments during the 16th/17th centuries and the lion was an especially popular motif.