"Síofra" - Sheela na Gig - Birthing Stone - Bronze Figurine
Síofra is an Irish name meaning "fairy."
Height: 2.5cm /// 1 inch
Weight: 34g /// 1.199 oz
Sheela na Gig is a figure that has been found carved into the stonework of many medieval churches, castles and other buildings around Ireland and Great Britain. Sheela na Gigs generally depict a female figure displaying an exaggerated vulva. There is much mystery surrounding the meaning and origin of these fascinating carvings.
A theory of her origin that I like is that these carvings may be remnants of a pre-Christian pagan Mother Goddess religion. There is folkloric evidence that they were known as "birthing stones" and were loaned out to women in labour. The figure has connotations with fertility, her displayed vulva representing the gateway between non-life and life, some saying that the whole universe was born from her yoni. Another theory is that the figures were used to ward off evil, derived from women lifting their skirts to curse evil spirits.
Designed by Jan Campbell.
Handmade in Ireland.
Each piece was expertly made by hand using the traditional method of bronze-casting by David O'Brien and his team in the Bronze Fine Art Foundry, situated in the docklands of Dublin.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, small differences may occur from piece to piece.
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Packaging, as always, is plastic-free and made entirely from recycled paper materials.