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theprimeval-elements:

Nereides, 1902 by Gaston Bussiere

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oldbookillustrations:

Gustave Doré, headpiece vignette to chapter V, from La mythologie du Rhin (The Mythology of the Rhine), by X-B. De Saintine, Paris, 1862.

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(Reblogged from foresail)

monstography:

The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him.

Ashamed, she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty.

Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid—human above the waist, fish below—though the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm, similar to the Babylonian god Ea. The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo.

Prior to 546 BC, the Milesian philosopher Anaximander proposed that mankind had sprung from an aquatic species of animal. He thought that humans, with their extended infancy, could not have survived otherwise.

(Reblogged from adventures-of-the-blackgang)
She is Melusina, the water goddess, and she is found in hidden springs and waterfalls in any forest in Christendom, even in those as far away as Greece. She bathes in the Moorish fountains too. They know her by another name in the nothern countries where the lakes are glazed with ice and it crackles when she rises. A man may love her if he keeps her secret and lets her alone when she wants to bathe, and she may love him in return until he breaks his word, as men always do, and she sweeps him into the deeps with her fishy tail, and turns his faithless blood to water.
The tragedy of Melusina, whatever language tells it, whatever tune it sings, is that a man will always promise more than he can do to a woman he cannot understand.
Philippa Gregory,  Melusina. Taken from The White Queen. (via hoodoothatvoodoo)
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" Thessalonike — Sister of Alexander The Great "  …  Artist Not Identified

A popular folk legend in Greece which existed before the 20th century is about Alexander and his sister the mermaid. After the death of Alexander his sister Thessalonike was transformed into a mermaid and wanders in the seas. When she sees a boat she stops and asks the sailors “Is king Alexander alive?”. Those who say no he isnt alive she drowns them into the sea. But those who say “yes King Alexander lives and reigns and the whole world he dominates” are passing through with safety.

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" The Argo — Replica "  …. A full size replica of the ship, Argo, used by Jason and the Argonauts in the quest for the ‘golden fleece’.

Another view of this replica is here:  http://discoveryenterprise.wordpress.com/category/jason-and-the-golden-fleece/ 

" The Argo — Replica "  …. A full size replica of the ship, Argo, used by Jason and the Argonauts in the quest for the ‘golden fleece’.

Another view of this replica is here:  http://discoveryenterprise.wordpress.com/category/jason-and-the-golden-fleece/ 

(Source: smh.com.au)

" Siren "   …..   Artist:  Cyn

The Sirens sang their captivating songs in dangerously rocky coves while basking in the sun. Lonely sailors who heard the Siren’s song could not resist its call, and, oblivious to the danger, would sail their ships straight into a watery graveyard. I’m sure they didn’t *really* mean any harm…

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" The Beautiful Melusine "  ….  Artist:  Julius Huebner, Germany [1844]

(Source: childrenofarthur.wordpress.com)

venusmilk:

venusmilk:

The heroes: or, Greek fairy tales for my children, 1855 
Illustrations by M. H. Squire & E. Mars

The Argonauts and the sea nymphs.

I could only find this one book by these artrists, if anyone finds more please  share!

(Reblogged from venusmilk)
(Reblogged from horatiotabernaclesrepository)

" Kadal Kanni "  …  South Asian Mermaid by Wolfberry Studio (Copyright 2011)

See more of this Artist’s work here:  http://wolfberrystudio.blogspot.com/

which-witch:

Benesch Knupfer - “Duel of the Tritons”

(Reblogged from which-witch)

" Greco-Roman Mermaid  …   Photocopy on plastic and mounted against gold foil by Artist: Peter Meller, California

" Newborn Unicorns Are Best Suckled On Mermaid Milk "  …  (Especially with orphaned unicorns !)   ….  From: “Milk Teeth”, a full color comic book by Artist:  Kate Allen

themerrowsseagarden:

Mami Wata - Mother Water By Lila, Toulouse, France

themerrowsseagarden:

Mami Wata - Mother Water
By Lila, Toulouse, France

(Reblogged from themerrowsseagarden)