Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2277
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Rees , Emma L.
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  • Title: Sheela's Voracity and Victorian Veracity [The author examines the reactions of G.R. Lewis, Victorian artist and church architect, to a sheela-na-gig (a sqatting female figure who pulls open her vulva) carved on a Romanesque church in Kilpeck. Lewis sanitized the figure but Rees argues that the sculpture had meaning for the church's builders most likely as a warning against lust. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Consuming Narrative: Gender and Monstrous Appetite in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Edited by Liz Herbert McAvoy and Teresa Walters.  University of Wales Press, 2002.  Pages 116 - 127.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Sculpture Kilpeck, Hereford and Worcester, England- Parish Church of St. Mary and St. David Lewis, George Robert, Artist (1782-1871) Sexuality in Art Sheela-Na-Gigs, Carved Figures of Naked Females That Emphasize the Genitals of Naked Females
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 12, 19
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  • Illustrations: Two figures. Figure One Photograph of the sculpted sheela-na-gig (Kilpeck Parish Church). Figure Two Drawing of the Kilpeck statue by G. R. Lewis which he labelled "the Kilpeck fool." Lewis repositioned the hands and changed the genitals to a hole in the upper abdomen.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Chester College
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: Not Available
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