Ship Figureheads and Stern Pieces
The Treasury of American Design
Female Figureheads
Many shipbuilders modeled female figureheads after Greek and Roman goddesses. Others represented the wives or daughters of the ship owners and were dressed in the fashions of the time period.
Female Figure from the Rhine, c. 1850
Gowned Figure from the Postmaster
Female Figure, c. 1840
Female Figure from the Indian Princess
Female Figure in Classical Pose, from the Cassandra Adams
Female Bust, 19th Century
Female Bust
Female Figure from the Marcia
Female Bust
Female Figure from the Creole

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Created by Kay Davis for the Treasury of American Design Web Exhibition
American Studies Master's Degree Program, University of Virginia
Fall 2000