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Annika Bünz, Lars Einarsson etc

The imagery of the sea : figureheads and symbols

Water routes long constituted the most natural way to travel, and the ships that people travelled on also served as an expression of the owner s status and power. The roughly forty ship artefacts in the Maritime Collection at Engelsberg, in the form of figureheads, ornaments and other decorative elements, bear witness to many stories about life at sea.  This anthology presents a number of approaches to the many symbols and artistic expressions found on vessels, along with recent photos and new knowledge about the figureheads.

  • ISBN: 9789198523799
  • Published: 2020-10-23
  • Illustrated. 255x328x35 mm. 262 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Svante Helmbaek Tirén is a freelance writer and curator with a focus on the history of architecture and design.


Annika Bünz holds a PhD in archaeology.

Fred Hocker holds a PhD in anthropology, and is currently Head of Research at the Vasa Museum and the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums.

Johan Rönnby is Professor of Marine Archaeology at Södertörn University’s School of History and Contemporary Studies, and is also Director of Södertörn University’s Maritime Archaeological Research Institute (MARIS).

Lars Einarsson is Head of Department at Kalmar County Museum and Project Manager for the Kronan Project.

Leos Müller is Professor of History at Stockholm University’s Department of History.

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