The Selkie & The Bird


My selkie doll is inspired by the Scottish and Irish folklore surrounding this mysterious and truly melancholic sea creature.
The Selkie is a seal in the water, but when on land she can shed her animal skin and morphs into a beautiful, dark haired woman.
Selkies were often found by fishermen, when the woman would bath her human skin in the sun light.
So enchanted by her beauty, the fisherman would take the seal skin from the selkie and hide it somewhere far from her sight.
With no place else to go, the selkie woman would agree to marry the fisherman and live on land, not too discontent, however always yearning for her wild ocean home.
And indeed, would a selkie wife find her seal skin again, there is no stopping her from returning to the salty waters.
Most, if not all selkies, do return to the sea when they get the opportunity.
Having lived on dry land for years, raising their families there, they will never be quite at home in their human skin and land house.
The pull to their wild salty sea nature is always strong, and when given a chance, they return to the deep, mysterious seas, leaving land and family behind.

This Selkie is shown in the stage where she morphs between seal and woman.
A bird, symbol of land but also of freedom, rests on her seal tail.

I accept Lay-Aways and payment in instalments
Please contact me would you be interested in such an arrangement

Materials: cotton, clay, paint, varnish, mohair, glass beads
Measurements: 28cm’s high, 27 cm’s wide
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My art dolls are not intended to be toys and should be handled with care.
Keep them away from water and direct sunlight as much as possible.
Pieces can be carefully dusted with a dry clean cloth.
Due to small parts they are not suitable for young children.
Textiles can get damaged by moth infestation, keep your house moth free.
If you think your art piece may have been in touch with moths,
I advice you to wrap the piece in a clean cloth and freeze it for 2/3 days.
Then remove from freezer for a day and repeat.

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Standard Shipping does not cover for loss or damage during shipping. Please choose for a shipping upgrade to cover and protect your shipment for loss or damage. When shipped with standard shipping, Pantovola cannot be held responsible for any issues during shipping, thank you for understanding.

Gift Wrapping and Packaging
My dolls come gift wrapped in white tissue and customised satin ribbon. Packaged in bubble wrap and shipped in a postal box.

Wholesale Availability
Sometimes I do sell wholesale.
Wholesale starts at 10 pieces and up and will be sold at a reduced price when bought at once.
The reduction will depend on the quantity of pieces ordered.
Because of the handmade unique nature of my work, I do not accept wholesale requests for less than 10 pieces.
Please get in touch via email with any wholesale requests

Custom and Personalised Orders
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