Diagram: Mythological Hippocampus

Diagrams edited by Ian McRobbie, text edited by Jane Rosemarin
The Hippocampus folded by Shubham Mathur. See PDF diagrams.

Hippocampus, or Hippocamp, is a creature from Greek mythology (it also has origins in other mythologies). It is usually depicted as having the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish. This model is designed from a blintzed fish base, and the final look will depend mostly on the shaping done by the folder. I recommend adding pleats for the mane along with thinning the lower body for best results. Don’t use thick paper for this model; paper like double tissue or tissue foil should be good.

A terracotta bell-krater (mixing bowl) with lid showing a hippocampus. Greek, Boeotian; classical period: late fifth century BCE. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.