"Fiji or Feejee Mermaid" or "Japanese Mermaid" or "Japanese Monkey-Fish"

Unknown, Japanese, Japanese

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19th century

Varnished juvenile monkey skeleton fused to a petrified fish body and tail

Overall: 3 7/16 × 12 5/8 × 2 13/16 in. (8.8 × 32 × 7.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Edwin Webster Sanborn, Class of 1878

28.6.5098

Geography

Place Made: Japan, East Asia, Asia

Period

19th century

Object Name

Animal Remains

Research Area

Asia

Not on view

Course History

ARTH 82, History of Museums and Collecting, Joy Kenseth, Spring 2012

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 7.5, Animals and Humans: A Beastly Experiment in Ethics, Theory & Writing, Laura Ogden, Winter 2015

ARTH 65, Japanese Prints, Allen Hockley, Winter 2015

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

ARTH 83, History of Museums and Collecting, Joy Kenseth, Spring 2015

PSYC 7.03, Why People Believe in Weird Things: Credulity, Science and Pseudoscience in the Study of Human Behavior, John Pfister, Winter 2019

ANTH 7.05, Animals and Humans, Laura Ogden, Winter 2020

PSYC 7.03, Science and Pseudoscience, John Pfister, Winter 2021

PSYC 7.03, Science and Pseudoscience, John Pfister, Winter 2022

PSYC 7.03, Science and Pseudoscience, John Pfister, Winter 2022

SART 76, Senior Seminar, Enrico Riley, Winter 2022

ANTH 74, The Human Spectrum, Nate Dominy, Spring 2022

HIST 63.02, Material Culture of Science, Whitney Robles, Spring 2022

HIST 63.02, Material Culture of Science, Whitney Robles, Spring 2022

HIST 63.02, Material Culture of Science, Whitney Robles, Spring 2022

HIST 63.02, Material Culture of Science, Whitney Robles, Spring 2022

Psychological & Brain Sciences 7.03, Science and Pseudoscience, John Pfister, Winter 2023

History 63.02, Reading Artifacts: The Material Culture of Science, Whitney Barlow Robles, Spring 2023

German 16.01, Jewish Studies 25.03, Curious George: A Secret History, Yuliya Komska, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 28, Insatiable Appetites: Curiosity, Consumption, and the Traveler in Historic Japan, Catherine Roberts, Class of 2005, Special Projects Intern, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 19-December 4, 2005.

Critical Faculties: Teaching with the Hood's Collections, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 15-March 13, 2005.

Regional Selections 30, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 7-August 3, 2003.

Publication History

Alice Gomstyn, "What's Under the Hood? A peek at some of the rarest and most offbeat items housed in the College's Hood Museum of Art," Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, vol. 96 no. 4, Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, March-April 2004, pp. 30-31, ill. pp. 31.

Provenance

Collection of Edwin Webster Sanborn [1857-1928], New York, New York; bequeathed to present collection, 1928.

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