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Carved figurehead of a neo-classical woman, American, circa 1870.  The figurehead has excellent detail and is carved from a solid block. The figurehead's features are extremely well articulated.  The figure's hair is pulled back into a bun.  There is a raised band around the head with a flower mounted to the left side.  The figure has a low cut dress with a fancy carved border.  The figure has carved earrings and a carved necklace.  The sides of the figurehead have a swirled billet-like form.  The bottom of the figurehead is notched where it was attached to the vessel.  The bolt hole below the necklace was filled after the figure was removed from the ship. The top of the figure's head has a hole.  The hole was used to pour oil to reduce cracking and splitting.  This was a practice used by figurehead carvers. (FA-686) 

ondition:  The figurehead has a natural wood surface with slight traces of white paint.  There is typical checking and some losses and repair to the face. Provenance:  The figurehead was given to the New Bedford Whaling Museum by John McCullough in 1905. He was a New Bedford merchant and part owner of several vessels. Reference:  Horning, Clarence P., "Treasury of American Design", p. 18, Item no. 23. 
Dimensions:  Length 28 1/2 inches; Width 14 inches; Height 24 inches.