Water Spirits: La Sirena, La Sirene, Agoué, Yemaya, Yemanja, Oshun, La Caridad, Matasya, Mamy Wata and Assorted Fish-Tales

July 18, 2020

 

July is hot here in the northern hemisphere, all the more so in this age of global grilling.  Most of us are looking for cool water to dip in.  A good time to celebrate the vast array of water spirits that splash about in our collective unconscious.  Those fish, nymphs, mermaids, mermen and assorted water spirits figure in the art of most cultures, not least in the ones featured here at Indigo Arts.  
In Haiti there are two lwas or spirits of the sea, La Sirene and her consort Agoué, depicted in recycled metal sculptures by Serge Jolimeau and Kesnard Thermidor, paintings by Payas and Gerard Fortuné, and drapo Vodou or Vodou flags by Evelyn Alcide, Roudy Azor, Mireille Delice and others.
Fish tales abound in Africa, from Nigeria to Tanzania.   In Nigeria the Yoruba orisha, the sea deity Oshun shares the stage with the widely followed Mami Wata (Mother of the Waters).  Mami Wata (usually depicted in the guise of an East Indian snake-charmer!) has in turn traveled to Haiti and become associated with the lwa Ayida Wedo as well as La Sirene.  
In India the mermaid goddess Matasya maintains her composure amidst the monsters of the sea.  
In Cuba, the orisha of the sea is Yemaya, and Oshun appears as the Virgen de la Caridad, matron saint of Cuba.  She even appears in Haiti on a drapo Vodou by Georges Valris.
In Brazil she appears in José Francisco Borges' woodcut prints as Yemanjá, Iemanjá or Sereia.
La Sirena
 and el Sireno abound in Mexican sculpture, paintings and prints. They are found in Peru, both living and late.   And of course they are honored in the art of our LatinX community.

Mamy Wata #3
SKU: TF-1902

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

Sale: 
$225
$225
Sea Monster
SKU: ANB-1606

Anil Bariya - Bhil People, Pitol, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh State, India
c.2015
Acrylic on paper
(11" h. x 15" w. )

Sale: 
$0
$195
La Sirena con Guitarra - Santo
SKU: PGSTO-02

Javier Gonzalez (Aza, Huancayo, Peru), 2010
Painted carved maguey wood sculpture .
(9" h. x 3 1/2" w. x 2 1/2" d.)
Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Details may vary.

Sale: 
$0
$195
Oshun Festival #1
SKU: YF-1810

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6 1/2" h. x 19" w.)

Sale: 
$0
$180
Oshun Festival #2
SKU: YF-1812

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(6 1/2" h. x 19 1/8" w.)

Sale: 
$0
$180
La Sirena and the Octopus
SKU: JSAG-1805

Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, c.1995.
Fired clay figure painted with acrylic paints.
(7" w. x 5" d. x 4 1/4" h.)  
Vintage sculpture from a collection of Mexican folk art.

Sale: 
$0
$140
Las Sirenas - Retablo frame
SKU: PRTB-149

Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c. 2018
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(Exact colors and design may vary).
(9" h. x 8" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

Sale: 
$135
$135
La Sirena and the Star Fish
SKU: JSAG-1803

Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, c.1995.
Fired clay figure painted with acrylic paints.
(5 1/4" w. x 5 3/4" d. x 3 1/4" h.)  
Vintage sculpture from a collection of Mexican folk art.

Sale: 
$0
$135
La Sirena con Guitarra - Retablo
SKU: PGRTB-8

Pedro Gonzalez (Aza, Huancayo, Peru), 2007
Painted carved maguey wood sculpture in painted wood box
(8 3/4" h.. x 4" w. x 2" d.)

Design and colors may vary.

Sale: 
$0
$120
La Sirene de la Mer
SKU: hs-rnd7

Julio Balan (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (23" diameter)

Sale: 
$0
$110
Matasya and Four Lotuses
SKU: MHXD-1909

Madhubani, Bihar, India
c.2019
Ink on paper (6 3/8" x 4 3/8" on 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet).

Sale: 
$75
$75
Fisherman
SKU: MHXD-1905

Madhubani, Bihar, India
c.2019
Ink on paper (7 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet).

Sale: 
$75
$75
El Sireno
SKU: JL-2005

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019/2020

Sale: 
$65
$65
La Sirena con Sandia
SKU: JL-2007

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019/2020

Sale: 
$65
$65
La Sirena con Pescados
SKU: JL-2014

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019/2020

Sale: 
$65
$65
Haidah Wedo (Mamy Wata) - Vodou Flag
SKU: AC-1602

Evelyn Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (42" x 32"), c.2010
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant, Simeon and others.
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

Sale: 
$2,500
$2500
Product Status: 
Sold
Oshun Festival
SKU: ISF-1805

Ishola Folorunso.  Oshogbo, Nigeria c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(23 1/4" h x 16 1/8"w)

Sale: 
$0
$475
Product Status: 
Sold
Matasya Kanya (mermaid with lotus and fish)
SKU: MHXD-1902

Madhubani, Bihar, India
2018
Ink on paper (10 1/2" x 7 1/4" on 11 3/4" x 8 1/4" sheet).

Sale: 
$225
$225
Product Status: 
Sold