The carving taking shape is a ship's figurehead representing the Greek Goddess 'Fortuna', daughter of Oceanus.

From her hand were delivered riches and poverty, pleasures and misfortunes, blessings and pains.

She is often represented with a winged cupid at her feet, and dispensing bounteous fruits from her horn of plenty.

The figure is 'loosely based' on a Dutch stern ornament from the 1600s showing a strong influence from the great

Dutch master Artus Quellin teacher to the famous ship's carver Grinling Gibbons

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