A carved and painted figurehead in the form of a mermaid
American, 19th century
with a delicately carved face, scales carved in relief, cinched waist, flowing skirt ending on a recumbent tail. the surface is distressed, showing areas down to the wood, gesso, and layers of paint, most of which is original.
49-1/2 x 10 in. (125.7 x 25.4 cm.)