Remember the old Toyota pick-up with all manner of statuettes glued on to the hood? I suggested that these icons of good luck and smooth seas might be referred to as maidenheads on sailing ships of yore.
A sharp eye reader, perhaps embarrassed for old Poppy here, corrected my post.
"A maidenhead is a woman's virginity," my new BFF wrote. "A figurehead is what you really mean. A figurehead is affixed to the prow of a ship."
And so it is. Check out a couple of exquisite figureheads here. With thanks to my commenter.