A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
are popular subjects for ships
figureheads, blending the best of both worlds
in an idealized form which can be made attractive. A typical figurehead is
that of a woman, as a mother,
protector and guide through stormy seas. The
woman is fearless and brazen, a force of nature and a thing of beauty all at
the same time. By adding a fishes
tail, the woman becomes part of the sea, and being part of the sea combines
the human motherly element with a biological affinity for the water that
supports the ship - making sailors onboard that much closer to their working
A collection of famous mermaid paintings
Mermaid figureheads range is quality and degrees of artistry
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