Sile na gig # 13
Mixed media on wood. Framed 14 x 14 cm
Inspired by bizarre carvings found on the walls of churches, monasteries, and castles all over Western Europe, and especially plentiful in Ireland. Academics cannot agree as to their origin or their purpose, with theories ranging from echoes of pre-Christian female deities to warnings against the sins of the flesh by the Catholic Church. The only consensus is that they all seem to date from between the 11th and the 16th centuries and were not originally placed where they are now to be found. They were deliberated moved from origins unknown to adorn walls and, most commonly, doorways, of other buildings.