Book Of Traceable Heraldic Art

Mermaid

See also: Mermaid in Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry.

Melusine (1) §

A two-tailed mermaid. May be vested.

Default posture: affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

Source: Pennsic Bored-Artist Collection. Artist: Stephanie Fahey.

Melusine (2) §

A two-tailed mermaid. May be vested.

Default posture: affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

Source: Insignia Nobilium Veronensium, Vicentinorum. Artist unknown. (From the arms of Avogara, folio 5.)

Mermaid (1) §

An aquatic monster formed by crossing the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. May be vested. Often shown holding a mirror and comb. Default posture: erect affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

Artist's note: a submission that included a modified version of this image was pended for redraw on the April 2020 LoAR in part due to the unblazonable position of the sinister arm.

Source: Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art. Artist: John Vinycomb.

Mermaid (2) §

An aquatic monster formed by crossing the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. May be vested. Often shown holding a mirror and comb. Default posture: erect affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

Source: Pennsic Heralds’ Point Artists. Artist unknown.

Mermaid in Her Modesty §

An aquatic monster formed by crossing the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. May be vested. Often shown holding a mirror and comb. Default posture: erect affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

The term “in her modesty” indicates that she is covering her bosom.

Source: Pennsic Traceable Art. Artist unknown.

Mermaid In Her Vanity §

An aquatic monster formed by crossing the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. May be vested. Often shown holding a mirror and comb. Default posture: erect affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or.

The term “in her vanity” indicates that she is admiring herself in a mirror.

Source: Heraldic Templates. Artist: Torric inn Björn.

Mermaid Maintaining a Harp §

An aquatic monster formed by crossing the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. May be vested. Often shown holding a mirror and comb.

Default posture: erect affronty. Proper coloration: human only if skin tone is blazoned, tail vert, hair Or. Proper coloration for a harp is brown wood.

Source: Workes of Armorie. Artist: John Bossewell.