A "Jenny Haniver" is the name for a manufactured mermaid. Dating back to the sixteenth century, such fakes were made by joining parts of two different creatures -- the upper half of a monkey and the lower portion of a fish (although the "monkey" halves were usually made of some composition material). One exhibited in 1822 was acquired two decades later by showman P. T. Barnum who exhibited it as a "Feejee Mermaid." It was publicly questioned in South Carolina and Barnum conceded it was "a questionable, dead mermaid." Barnum shipped it back to his American Museum in New York, where it presumably perished when the five-story building burned in 1865. Another type of Jenny Haniver, shown here, is created by making alterations to a devilfish.
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