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Detail of the frieze of the house of Mokhov

Село Никола Погост, Нижегородская губерния. 1866


The image of a mermaid-siren is one of the most popular in the house carving of the Volga region. It reflected in this fairy-tale form, that the life of the Volga peasants for centuries had been associated with the water element, with the river. The ancient meaning of this image was forgotten a long time ago. Carpenters and owners of the houses most often called them pharaohs, ingenuously identifying the image of half-woman-half-fish with biblical monsters, in which the souls of Egyptian warriors drowned in the sea - the "pharaohs" were turned.


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