Ship Models in Danish Churches

By Henning Henningsen, published November 1952


Although ship models are not uncommon in Roman Catholic churches they are relatively rare in Protestant churches. The exception is Denmark, where every third church has at least one model. The first record of a ship model is dated 1589, the oldest model dated 1632. The models vary considerably in quality, some designed with the appropriate perspective when viewed from underneath. Most (57%) models have been given since 1900, and some churches are offered models annually. The paper discusses the reasons for the continuing tradition of giving ship models to Danish churches and the processions and festivals associated with them.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

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