Baba Yaga - original acrylic & ink painting
Regular price £50.00
Original acrylic and ink painting by Jodi de Havilland
Inspired by the Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is my take on this unusual being.
In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga (Russian: Ба́ба-Яга́) is a supernatural being (or one of a trio of sisters of the same name) who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. In Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out and may play a maternal role and has associations with forest wildlife. According to Vladimir Propp's folktale morphology, Baba Yaga commonly appears as either a donor, villain, or may be altogether ambiguous.
Andreas Johns identifies Baba Yaga as "one of the most memorable and distinctive figures in eastern European folklore," and observes that she is "enigmatic" and often exhibits "striking ambiguity." Johns summarizes Baba Yaga as "a many-faceted figure, capable of inspiring researchers to see her as a Cloud, Moon, Death, Winter, Snake, Bird, Pelican or Earth Goddess, totemic matriarchal ancestress, female initiator, phallic mother, or archetypal image"
Painted using acrylics on A3 300gsm acid-free quality paper.
UNFRAMED as standard, but with an option to add a frame if wanted. If purchasing unframed, it will be buyers responsibility to mount and frame the painting as soon as possible to protect it.
*PLEASE NOTE* whilst I endeavour to get an accurate colour as possible, please be aware there may be some differences and variations on your monitor or screen. Happy to send further photos on request.