Saturday, 22 June 2013

Mermaid: online resources (a love story)

An Ottawa tale tells the love story of Menanna and Piskaret. Menanna showed up at the door of an Ottawa warrior, covered in scales with twin fishtails where her legs should be. She told him she had once been mortal but longed to roam the heavens. The Great Spirit granted her wish, but she grew tired of wandering and was allowed to return to earth, though in a form “neither mortal nor immortal, neither man nor beast—the mermaid shape in which the warrior beheld her. In this guise she became the adopted daughter of the Spirits of the Flood.”                             
Excerpt, Mermaid Tales From Native Tribes Abound, Indiancountrytoday

 The Mermaid of Ambon, discovered off the shores of Australia,
from “Poissons, ecrevisses et crabes de diverses couleurs et figures extraordinaires, que l’on trouve autour des Isles Moluques …”, published in 1718 by Louis Renard, Amsterdam.

John Howe

 Madonna del Gamberone

... this woodcut of the Madonna del Gamberone from Douce’s collection was probably destined to be pinned to the walls of somebody’s home… The original painting is kept in a chapel in the Comune di Bondeno, in Ferrara. According to Michele Bianco, the image was ‘found’ in a canal called Gamberone, from which it took its name.* This explains the presence of at least seven king prawns, or ‘gamberone’, creeping up the Virgin’s mantle. By the mid-seventeenth century, the image was considered as ‘molto miracolosa’ and the shrine became a pilgrimage site. After 1641, the Madonna del Gambarone was transferred to a new building, which might be the tiny chapel ...  [shown here].

 ‘Seicento religioso bondenese e ferrarese tra pietà mariana e superstizione’, in Analecta Pomposiana, XIX, 1994. 

a glimpse in a dictionary
“This emblem (equivalent in significance to the image of a Mermaid or Siren) shows the union of Sulphur (our Fish) and of the first Mercury (the Woman), from which results Philosophick Mercury” Unurthed

1812 Hamilton Figurehead 1982 2 Emory Kristof 

USS Scourge figurehead (1812) E. Kristof

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