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Common or Spectacled Caiman with South American False Coral Snake

Maria Sibylla Merian1705/1710

Royal Collection Trust, UK

Royal Collection Trust, UK
London, United Kingdom

A watercolour of a spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) holding a false coral snake (Anilius scytale) in its mouth. Merian collected many reptiles during her visit to Suriname (1699-1701) and was planning to publish a volume on Surinamese reptiles if her book on Surinamese insects (Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, 1705) proved popular. Although the Metamorphosis was a success, her plan for a second book was never realised. Posthumous editions of the Metamorphosis, however, included a version of this image alongside the sixty plates which Merian had published.

Details

  • Title: Common or Spectacled Caiman with South American False Coral Snake
  • Creator: Maria Sibylla Merian
  • Date Created: 1705/1710
  • Rights: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
  • Medium: Watercolour, Body colour, Vellum, Gum arabic

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