The Sheela-na-gigs of Ireland & Britain: The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts : an Illustrated Guide
Mercier Press, 2001 - Religion - 192 pages
Sheela-na-Gigs are carvings of female images depicted as naked and posing in a manner which accentuates the most powerfully evocative symbol of the vulva. They were erected on many churches of the medieval period and invariably in a prominent position such as over the main entrance door or a window.
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