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Sheela-na-gigs are stone carvings depicting nude women exposing their genitals. They are found on churches, castles, other walls and in museums.
Group: tourism
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)


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Status: approvedPage for proposal

A sheela-na-gig is a medieval to modern depiction of a nude woman or hag exposing her genitals. The origins and meaning are not quite clear (see below literature). They are tourism=artwork, some of them tourism=attraction at the same time. Please find the tagging below.


Add artwork_subject=sheela-na-gig and tourism=artwork to the node representing such artwork.

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Tag Explanation
artwork_type=sculpture OR artwork_type=relief Depending on circumstances.
tourism=attraction Additional to tourism=artwork, some can be considered tourist attractions, especially when mentioned in guide books or part of a heritage trail. Please use semicolon to separate from tourism=artwork.
material=* most likely stone, but can be more specific, i.e. limestone or sandstone etc. One example in England is made of wood.
description=* Description of the artwork with details about shape of face, position of arms, expression of the face etc.
width=* and height=* if accessible
wikipedia=* Only if that specific sheela-na-gig has her own wikipedia article.
historic=yes For historic sheela-na-gigs as opposed to modern street art
ref:IE:smr=* reference to the National Monument Service in Ireland. Feel free to use equivalent of your country. Historic Environment Viewer. DO NOT copy or import locations from this map!
moved=yes If the object has been moved to a museum or has otherwise been moved from its presumed original location to the location mapped.
sketchfab=* Most Irish sheelas have 3D models available on Sketchfab. You can link to the model.
location=* More detailed description of the location, if needed, for example how high up the wall it is to be found.


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