Mata Hari

Price: $55.00


Thomas Gunn Miniatures

Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod, née Zelle]. Dancer and courtesan whose name has become a synonym for the seductive female spy.

Mata Hari found fame as a performer of Asian-inspired dances in the early 1900s in Paris. She soon began touring all over Europe, telling the story of how she was born in a sacred Indian temple and taught ancient dances by a priestess who gave her the name Mata Hari, meaning “eye of the day” in Malay. In reality, Mata Hari was born in a small town in northern Holland in 1876, and her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle.

She became a famous courtesan during WW1 and her lovers included high-ranking military officers. In early 1917, French authorities arrested her for espionage and imprisoned her in Paris. In a military trial conducted in July, she was accused of revealing details of the Allies’ new weapon, the tank, resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers. She was convicted and sentenced to death and on October 15th 1917, refusing a blindfold was executed by a firing squad at Vincennes. The nature and extent of her espionage activities remain uncertain and her guilt is widely contested.

Limited run of 100. Comes with plinth.