A very rare twin-tailed mermaid, so-called melusine, from a German general store or coffee shop. Meermaids and shop-snakes hung in general stores, village stores or coffee shops above the counters in the 19th century. They where used to hang up goods for sale. They represented the allegory of colonial goods like coffee, tea or spices which where imported from overseas. This very rare example dates from the 1st half of the 19th century. It is made of carved wood and in very good unrestored condition with some minor paint restorations.
Length: 86.61" (220 cm)
Height: 31.5" (80 cm)