This is a "Jenny Haniver." A Jenny Haniver is the carcass of a ray or a skate which has been modified and subsequently dried, resulting in a grotesque preserved specimen. For centuries, sailors sat on the Antwerp docks and carved these "mermaids" out of dried skates. Then they sold them. Jenny Hanivers have been created to look like devils, angels and dragons...
The Ripley Scroll (detail) is, in simple terms, an alchemical manuscript that shows in pictorial cryptograms the production of the philosopher's stone (the elusive ingredient that produces incorruptible gold out of lesser metals; and/or the elixir of life). Click to read more about the Ripley scroll(s). This one dates to ca.1570
The clergy feasting in the jaws of a devil The demon seated, turned to left on a papal bull, its left foot in a vessel for Holy Water, and holding a collection box in its right hand. Smaller demons preparing food on its head, flying creatures approaching with the pope and a canon. Woodcut Attributed to Matthias Gerung,Formerly attributed to Hans Weiditz, Germany, 1520-1560.