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Stuff I Like
A mermaid with a mirror and comb and a traveller being bitten by a dog, MS 42130, f. 70v courtesy of The British Library|
Part woman, part fish, mermaids were believed to inhabit the waters of the world. They are commonly portrayed with a comb and mirror, symbolising vanity. In the Cornish Ordinalia, a collection of fourteenth-century religious plays, the mermaid’s hybrid form is used to explain the dual nature of Christ (part-man, part-god).
A Siren and a Centaur (Thérouanne, France) courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum
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