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Fairies of Jacob Peterson

Added Mon, 11/10/2021

Photos of a certain creature in a jar are being distributed on the web. It is usually given out as proof of the existence of fairies, fairies and other similar creatures. The owner of this exhibit is the Swedish artist Jacob Petersen. He himself loves to make all kinds of fakes and souvenirs, but allegedly claims that the fairy is real.

The artist claims that he acquired this exhibit, which belonged to the Scottish collector David Lyall. And on the bank itself there is a stamp dating back to 1842. It is indicated that the artist has another jar with a pickled fairy, which dates back to 1872 and previously belonged to Rosalind White.

In fact, the information that the photos show a sample of an unidentified creature found by David Lyall in Scotland is a hoax. The reason for its appearance is probably a misinterpretation of the title and description of the work of art by the authorship of the same Jacob Peterson, an artist and master from Sweden. The work is called "An unidentified specimen collected by David Lyall, 1842, Glenshee, Scotland."

A photograph of this work was published on June 6, 2009 under the above title. The author comments on it like this:

Sorry for the delay, but I had to renovate this exhibit before posting it here. This is the third (and hopefully the last) fairy that got into the jar, all the improvements have been made, and I am very pleased with the result.

For me, it illustrates the cruel attitude of man towards nature and opens up a paradoxical (and absolutely fascinating) line between science and magic.

There are other artists who create similar works (as an example, sculptures by Juan Cabana) and many museums that exhibit and sell them. The history of such works goes back to the days of street shows and wandering "exhibitions of curiosities" (it is worth remembering, for example, the Fijian mermaid).

Fijian sea maiden

"The Fiji sea virgin", "Fiji mermaid" or "mermaid of the Fiji Islands" – the common name popular in nineteenth century exhibit all kinds of wandering "exhibitions of curiosities" and street shows.

Sculpture Of Juan Cabana

Juan Cabana (Juan Cabana) - artist living in USA and working in an unusual genre. In 1999, he created a menagerie of aliens, fairies and mermaids. His sculptures are created from real flesh of once living fish and creatures, from the real scales, bones and skeletons. Juan offers his works for sale on eBay.

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