A small, approximately 8 inches long, mermaid finger puppet doll that sells new for $8.00 - $10.00. The doll is all cloth with non-removable clothes and long black hair. Copyright by
Folksmanis, Inc., Emeryville, California. Her face is embroidered.
The hang-tag "Facts of Interests" states:
1) Since earliest times, people have believed in mermaids and mermen, with their human upper body and lower body of a fish.
2) In Greek and Roman mythology, Poseidon and Neptune were often portrayed as mermen. In Polynesian legends, the creator, Vatea, is half human, half dolphin.
3) In European mythology, the mermaid is often described as having great beauty, and luring sailors to their deaths with her soulful songs.
4)In other stories, a mermaid is caught by a mortal man. Though she comes to love him and his human children, she eventually cannot forget the sea and eventually returns.
Oberon's Vision of a Mermaid
Once I sat upon a promontory
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres.
To hear the sea-maid's music
--from A. Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
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