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July 02, 2008

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Neil Howlett

The image appears to be very similar to a fake mermaid in the British Museum collection, though that particular mermaid is unlikely to the source as it was not donated until 1942. However, it is described as probably C18 and from Japan, and there are similar examples in other collections.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=558837&partid=1&searchText=mermaid&fromADBC=ad&toADBC=ad&numpages=10&orig=%2Fresearch%2Fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx&currentPage=11

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