Monster figurehead returns home – after five centuries

A figurehead from a Danish ship that sank in the 1490s has made it home to Copenhagen after it was hauled from a Swedish sea bed last summer.

Monster figurehead returns home – after five centuries

Experts at the National Museum in the Danish capital will now begin work to restore the massive ornament to its former glory – a process that’s expected to take almost three years.Marcus Sandekjaer, the head of Blekinge Museum in Sweden, made the trip to Denmark with the figurehead, one of the world’s oldest preserved wooden carvings of its kind.

“It felt like closing a circle: the figurehead returned to Copenhagen 521 years after it left the harbour there,” he told The Local.The carving went on display at his museum after it was dragged up to the surface in August last year.

The wooden face, which resembles a monster or a large grinning dog, had been lying on a seabed off the southern Swedish town of Ronneby for more than five centuries. It holds in its jaws a (wooden) human head.

-more at The Local

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