This glorious depiction of the wonderful Sheela-na-gig is 5" x 3 1/2", in concrete. This ancient figure is found on churches, castles, and other buildings, particularly in Ireland and Great Britain. Ireland has the greatest number (101 figures), with 45 examples in Britain. Our Sheela is probably the most famous, from Kilpeck church, Herefordshire.
The unashamedly female Sheela-na-gig is a depiction of the Mother Goddess and the Cailleach, 'The Divine Hag'. There are parallels between the Sheela-na-gig and the ancient Irish myth of the Goddess who granted kingship - appearing as a lustful, hideous hag, whose sexual advances would be refused by most men; except for one who accepted! When he submits to her demands with grace and kindness, she magically transforms into a beautiful maiden who confers royalty onto him, blesses his reign and becomes his bride. This ancient Goddess myth came down through the ages as the 'Loathly lady' for whom the knight is blessed for his 'kindness' to her - all aspects of her female sexual power removed. A great addition to any home or garden!
To obtain that 'weathered' mossy look, simply smear natural live (bio) yoghurt over the surface to encourage the growth of moss and lichens!