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Lot 327A
A pair of mummified "mermaid" figures 2
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,700 - 2,500
Auction Details
Lot Details
A pair of mummified "mermaid" figures
of composite build, incorporating taxidermy elements from various animals and fishes and believed to represent a "merman" and "mermaid". Including an early press photograph of the "mermaid" and a press cutting detailing their aquisition in 1904. 11 & 8.5ins. (28 & 21.5cm)long. 2


  • Originating in the Orient, these mythical figures were sometimes brought back by sailors as souvenirs. Made by the combination of mammalian and fish bodies, they may well have originally had religious significance. According to the accompanying press cutting, these two figures were acquired from the Fish Temple in New York's Chinatown at the time of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, when the Temple was ransacked by the Tongs.

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