5/14/12

Émile Bayard, Mélusine


Cornell University, New York

From Histoire de la magie by Paul Christian, Paris, 1884.

Melusine (or Melusina) is a figure of European legends and folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers.

She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails or both, and sometimes referred to as "nixie" or Neck.

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