Imaginary Siren

Wood, dried fish skin and tail, moray or eel teeth, claws of an unidentified animal. Objects like this, presented as siren "corpses" and generally originating in the Far East, were exhibited in European salons and popular fairs in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Few specimens survive; this one belongs to Charles-Edouard Duffon, Témoin Gallery, Geneva.


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