XV век. Книга в виде сердца. Фронтиспис. Фортуна, Амур и их жертва / RECUEIL de Chansons italiennes et françaises. Ms. sur vélin de 72 f., en forme de cœur (fin du XVe siècle), velours rouge, tr. dor. miniatures et encadrements. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Rothschild 2973 (979 a). Frontispice.
The snake woman pictured here was reportedly encountered by six people on Mt. Mikasa in Nara prefecture. Five of the eyewitnesses died instantly. The sixth person survived long enough to make it home and tell the tale, but he grew ill and died three days later. The snake-bodied woman resembles the notorious nure-onna, except that this one has a beautiful face.
Melusine – the Alchemical Siren or a typical illustration of a twin-tailed siren or mermaid. This creature is associated with numerous stories and legends, and is imbued with symbolic meaning in alchemy. The most common iteration of the siren is as Melusine, a creature from medieval legend. Melusine (sometimes, Melusina) was, according to legend, beautiful woman with a disturbing tendency to transform into a serpent from the waist down while bathing...
Princeton University Library, Islamic Manuscripts, Garrett no. 82G. Qazwini, ʻAjāʾib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʾib al-mawjūdāt. "The copy (or the text?) is dated Ṣafar 895  or 865  and signed ʻAbd Allāh son of ʻAlī Bey Damāvandī in the colophon (fol. 240a). According to Moghadam, illustrations and binding probably from 18th century India."