Figureheads decorated the front of sailing vessels. They were usually an ornamental carving of a woman, mermaid, animal or mythical creature on the bow and the were widely used in centuries past. The figurehead embodies the spirit of a ship and was believed to satisfy the gods of the sea and ensure a safe voyage. Many were quite beautiful, but Vikings displayed frightening figureheads on the front on their vessels to ward off evil spirits. Sailors can be very superstitious and the tradition continued for centuries.
Sailing a favorable wind, a whimsical sailing portrait in classic black and white by Laura Fasulo, sofloart.com
August 8th, 2022
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