TITLE: Siren

OBJECT TYPE: stained glass

OBJECT DESCRIPTION: panel

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Stained glass panel of a female figure, probably a siren standing near a cave, a fountain, a gloved hand and some bananas. Designed and made by Pauline Boty.

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 1

PRODUCTION DATE: 1958 - 1962

PRODUCTION PERIOD: Mid 20th Century

DESIGNER: Pauline Boty (1938-1966)

MANUFACTURER: Pauline Boty (1938-1966)

PRODUCTION PLACE: London, England

SUBJECT: Queen of Sheba

DIMENSIONS
Height: 429 mm
Width: 552 mm

OBJECT NUMBER: ELYGM:L2009.4

Untitled

This panel is full of freudian symbolism. The posture of the female figure, a siren, at the centre of the piece produces a phallic form. The cave in the right background of the panel is clearly a vulvic image, however it is based on the 16th Century Mannerist cave doorway from the garden of the Duke of Bomarzo, Vicino Orsini. The Queen of Sheba was a favourite subject for Boty to paint and this panel is making claim to an 'equality of desire' on the part of both Solomon and Sheba, as the original biblical story did. The symbolism challenges the sexual inequality of the 1950's and 60's in which Boty lived. (Written with special thanks to Dr Sue Tate)