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Sculpture, Sheela-na-gig carving

Sculpture, Sheela-na-gig carving


A 15th century sheela-na-gig carved in low relief from Caherelly Castle, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The head and part of the legs are missing but the torso and arms are in good condition. The legs are spread apart and there is an opening indicating the vulva. Unusually for a sheela-na-gig, the breasts and navel are well defined, and the vulva, although remarkable, is not as grotesquely exaggerated as on similar figures. The carving was found by workmen repairing a culvert in the townland of Caherelly East, close to Lough Gur, Co. Limerick.

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