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Workshop of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

False Coral Snake, Banded Cat-Eyed Snake and frogs c. 1705?

RCIN 921226

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As well as bringing back from Surinam many of the insect species which she included in the Metamorphosis, Merian also shipped home a number of snakes preserved in brandy. Although their dramatic poses are fanciful, the markings of the snakes and the slight sheen on their bodies are recorded here in minute detail.