Riding the wave

Sometimes figureheads depict animals, real or mythological, intended to give the ship its inherent power, speed, resistance to the forces of the sea. Animals typical of heraldry add, to the qualities of the subject, a reference to the power of the ruling house of the country or the operator. It might be the case of a figurehead representing an eagle, of unknown origin. It perhaps belonged to a vessel of small tonnage of the Sardinia Navy. Wooden polychrome sculpture, likely from the first half of the nineteenth century.

(Genoa, Galata Museo del Mare ).