The museum world is in turmoil because of the ‘unique find’ of an image that Wieringer shrimp fishermen made on Monday morning in the Wadden Sea. The image was fished up by the shrimp cutter Wieringer 22 in the Texelstroom fairway, five kilometers west of the Wadden Island.
Barry, as the figure is already called, is most likely a statue that sat on the stern of a 17th century ship. According to archaeologist Michiel Bartels, who works for municipalities in Noord-Holland-North, including Texel, it is an image of a warrior wearing a Phrygian cap. Such a hat was already worn in ancient times, often by warriors.