Monday, February 15, 2010
FISH MOTHER/ Figurative Ceramic Goddess Sculpture: A Mermaid Icon
by Eric Whollem
earth pigment on terracotta
Photo copyright by the artist.
MERMAID MOTHER OF THE FISHES
This figurine was featured on my fantasy stamps of
Amphora as "Mother of the Octopi." She has a large
fish symbol on her gown.
Mermaids are not always represented with fish tails
in artistic traditions. The Apsaras of India are a good
example of human-legged mermaids. In Japan Benten,
the sea goddess, is seen with normal legs.
Some mermaids have double fins. There are many
different artistic traditions.