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Doll: Female Spirit of Love
Erzulie is Dahomean in nature, from the family of sea spirits. The Creole incantation of Ezilie, she is the goddess of love, earth mother, and the female energy of Papa Legba. Represented by the moon, Erzulie is a powerful loa who is feared as much as she is loved. Erzulie is married to Ogun, Agwe and Damballah.
Goddess of the word, help, goodwill, health, beauty, and fortune, as well as jealousy, vengeance and discord in some of her aspects, Erzulie is the differentiating force between humans and other creation. She is not elemental, but the ideal - she conceptualizes, hopes, dreams, has creative artistry and ideality.
Erzulie is the most beautiful and sensuous woman in Vodou pantheon, respected, fabulously rich, jealous, mistrustful of women, worldly, graceful, fond of sweet drinks, eats/drinks with great delicacy and loves to dance.
Ultimately, Erzulie is a tragic presence. Sometimes she weeps uncontrollably because it is she who suffers the sorrows of the world. It is this suffering that allows woman to love her despite her haughty ways.
In the sense that her love transcends the earth, Erzulie is a virgin, the complete antithesis of the crude sexuality of Baron Samedi.
Erzulie is generally portrayed with long, beautiful hair, wearing red and blue dresses and jewels. She sometimes wears three wedding rings. In this piece, she wears a breathtaking red satin and lace dress, with three antique blue buttons, signifying her three husbands. Around her neck is a feather choker, featuring red rubies and diamonds. This is the perfect piece for a dramatic statement in any room where creativity and ideas are encouraged.
Medium: Papier mÃ¢chÃ©, wood, rubies, diamonds, fabric
Size: 27" x 15"
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