Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FIGUREHEAD - a carved figure on the front of a ship. The Alexandrian ship on which the apostle Paul sailed to Rome had a figurehead (Acts 28:11; sign, KJV).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FIGUREHEAD Emblem on the prow of a ship (Acts 28:11 NIV, NRSV, NASB). The figure (“sign” KJV) in Acts is the Twin Brothers Castor and Pollux, sons of Zeus and Leda, identified with the constellation Gemini. Sight of the constellation was a good omen in bad weather. Thus the figurehead was something of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
These figures of Amun and Mut from Karnak are examples of figured stone.figurehead. A carved figure on the prow of a ship. The term is used in connection with the Alexandrian ship on which Paul sailed toward Rome, which had as its insignia the Dioscuri, that is, Castor and Pollux, the twin sons of
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FIGUREHEAD [παράσημος parasēmos]. A carving on a ship’s stemhead. This practice began with the ancient Chinese and Egyptian seafarers who painted eyes on the bows of their ships, believing the oculi would help them find their way. Among later civilizations the adornments became carved likeness of deities,