Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Sheela-na-gigs are intriguing objects. All the more so because no one knows what they really are. I put together the following composite image of some of the possible Scottish Sheelas to use in the chapter on Iona (Book 1, chapter 16).  Not shown in the image are the Sheela in Kirkwall Cathedral (which stands high on a column near the memorial to John Rae), and the newly-noticed Sheela on the Abbey Church of Iona (meaning Iona has two Sheelas). A great resource for information on Sheelas is John Harding's Sheela-na-gig project.

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