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Sheela Na Gig

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: SOLD

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Ina May talks about it in “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”

“Historians and archaeologists have long been fascinated about the meaning of the sheela-na-gig figures of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and other parts of Europe… My idea is that this figure was probably meant to reassure young women about the capabilities of their bodies in birth. Ellen Prendergast, in an article written for an Irish historical journal, remarked: After a lifetime’s awareness of such figures I am convinced their significance lies in the sphere of fertility, and that what is depicted… is the act of giving birth.

Whether Ms. Prendergast and I are right or not, I can testify that a sheela-na-gig figure can be a great help at birth. As you can see, the vulva of the crouching figure is open enough to accommodate her own head. Such a sight is quite encouraging to a woman in labor.”

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Triskele

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12×12 inches
Pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on Illustration Board

Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $1200

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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These babes form a Triskele, a predominantly Celtic symbol that represents either the essence of the trinity or the cycle of life, Mother, Maiden, and Crone.  I thought it would be neat to bring the two together, baby and mother symbol.

These babes were inspired by the beautiful photography of Carrie Sandoval of San Diego, CA.  To view more of her stunning work please visit her website here.