Taxidermy is an art that people have been practicing around the world for centuries. Even if you don”t personally appreciate taxidermy, you”ll still stare at these Japanese pieces.
…That”s because they”re terrifying. For some reason, craftsmen decided to create fictional horrors. Even if they knew that mermaids and these other monsters weren”t real, they were compelled to make them.
Another taxidermist”s interpretation of what a kappa”s body would look like.
Some of these taxidermy mermaids date as far back as the 12th century.
If this what mermaids would have really looked like? No, thanks.
They sure don”t make mermaid corpses like they used to.
A piece of modern (but equally strange) Japanese taxidermy.
These “animals” are bizarre, but still pretty cool. Who knew that people had such active imaginations so many years ago?