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I first came across these strange and often crude figures
while following E.E. Evans' pioneering Prehistoric and Early Christian Ireland - A Guide (1966).
For forty years I researched them in the field, in the bowels
of the National Museum of Ireland
(where they were hidden out of Christian sight)
in museums at Drogheda and Athlone, in storehouses in Cardiff and Limerick,
on Irish castles and, most importantly,
on churches in England, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
am grateful to Julianna
Tina Negus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/84265607@N00/sets/72157600159376057/),
John Harding (www.sheelanagig.org),
Sean Breadin, photographer
Joël Jalladeau and Jacques Martin (http://jalladeauj.fr/obscenite/index.html),
for several important photos on these pages.
is the worst form of Avarice'
'La pruderie est une espèce d'avarice, la pire de toutes'
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- Antonio Dominguez Leiva, Reader in comparative literature at the University of Burgundy, Dijon.
updated March 2022