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'Mermaid', Javanese ritual figure, c 1840-1870.

White, Ron

'Mermaid', Javanese ritual figure, c 1840-1870.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


A chimera, probably composed of monkey and fish elements and likely to have been made as a representation of Loro Kidul (consort of Lord Krishna in his first avatar as man-fish). It was used in rituals intended to bring large catches to Javanese fishermen. Front view of upper body.

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