one of my faves

I hate to say it, and it is a sweeping generalisation, but many female figureheads follow something of a formulaic approach to both their design and carving – they are good but they are not great, they don’t really ‘light my fire’. Royal pleasure barges are always exceptional, however, as this, the figurehead of Queen Marie Antoinette’s barge shows, the treatment of the hair, in particular is technically stunning. Find her at the Musee de la Marine, Paris.

musee de la marine paris figurehead

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