Saturday, December 31, 2011

They exist!!!

I just knew they were real.....
Look, I found proof!!!

Real mermaids...
well...what is left of them!
They've turned into mummies!
I have a friend who is collecting
strange things for her cabinet of curiosities,
so I've send her the left one!

This one I'm keeping myself! 

They are almost 6 cm tall.

Euhm...the truth???
I've made them myself!
I used the top of a little skeleton
and with the thigh bone
and foot of a big skeleton
I have made the tail.
Then a little gesso and some paint
and voilà...mermaid mummies!

Did you know that in the 19th century people made mermaid mummies too??
They stitched the head and upperbodies of monkeys to the tail of a fish!
This one can be seen in National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden.

And now for something completely different...
I've made some more cages for the tudor market..

And these 2 were a gift from a friend!
The white one needs some work...
it's too white! 

And these cute little frogs I bought from the same friend.
I'm sure a few of them will find their way to the market.



7 comments:

Maria Ireland said...

Your mermaids are wonderful. Fantastic idea. I love the little frogs so cute. Happy New Year.
Hugs Maria

Monika said...

Die Mumien der Merrjungfrauen sehen schon etwas gruselig aus... aber irgendwie auch nett.

Möchte Ihnen und Ihrer Familie einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr wünschen

und schicke liebe Grüße mit

PuNo / Monika

BiWuBär said...

Mermummies - what a clever idea! And your new cages are lovely - very promising for the new year to see how your market place will continue...

Happy new year!
Birgit

SaMiRa73 said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! :-) When I read the headline my first thought was aliens...but you might come to that later, eh??? Your mermaids are really COOL, thank you for making me laugh! It is so much fun everytime we see pics from your market stall!
Happy New Year!
Sandra

Sans! said...

Ok, for a moment there before I read the words, I thought the monkey mermaid was also made by you. It is hideous though not like the beautiful skinny mummy mermaids you made :). I think you have mastered the art for the marvellously morbid and macabre, Margriet. :) (that sounded a little like poetry don't you think?) I bequeath you my friend the title : MUMMY of the Marvellously Morbid and Macabre!

Dominique said...

The mermaids are great. I just need one for my own cabinet of curiosities.

Margriet said...

You have a way with words, Sans ;-)
"the art for the marvellously morbid and macabre" sounds just wonderful!!!

And everyone thank you for your nice comments!!!