I think Landström had a theory about the two Hercules sculptures: that they where not portraying Hercules but Nordic wildermen (I think that was his name for them). Is there any plausability in this at all?
The Billing Boats dont have these sculptures represented. I'm considering to make carvings if I could pull it off.
How do they mount on the ship, do they cover the edge (A) or do the sit on the stern side (B)?
I think it is very possible that they are meant to represent Nordic "wildermen".
I also think that the attachment is more like A above. The below picture seems to show them like that, and that is how I attached these corner sculptures to my model. I just made a V shaped groove in the back of mine.
Cheers mate, that picture is helpfulll for determing their angle.
I went back to the Landström book, and it seems I was mistaken. He calls them Herakles also o I must have missremembered, or read it somewhere else. The sculpture he stands on should be Kerberos, meaning it is indeed Hercules.
The sculptures are the classical depiction of the Herakles/Hercules, wearing the skin of the Nemean lion. Hans Soop thought that the two figures represent two different version of the classical hereo, an older and a younger man, reflecting two complementary sets of values. I don't know if I agree with this, as one of the figures is quite badly carved and so difficult to discern what the artist's intentions were, but there is an artistic tradition that presented Herakles in these two guises.
The figure is attached to the outside of the transom/quartergallery planking, but not in either of the ways Matti shows! The planking of the transom and quarter gallery do not meet in a point, but are each fastened to a corner timber with a diagonal face, effectively making a big chamfer on the corner of the transom, and the sculpture, which has a flat back, is nailed to this. The sketch below shows the approximate arrangement.