Motanka Dolls

Motanka – traditional Slavic doll connected with white magic. She brings love, fertility, brilliant sex, happiness, successfull familly life, health, money etc. Made of old cloths without sewing. There are number of kinds of Motanka, for example:

Baba-Diewa (Woman-Girl) – symbolizes growing up.

In private collection.

Baba Jaga (Baba Yaga) – old witch from Polish and Slavic folklore. Today she has no brilliant reputation, but in old, pagan times she was powerful and respectful goddess of life, death and initiations (in all meanings of this word). She symbolizes freedom and wisdom.

Breaking the traditional image of Baba Jaga (and motanka in general), I decided to make 3 pairs of breasts to her, to emphasis her connection with world of animals. It symbolizes feeding and protection, too. Three is also a number of Goddess.

In private collection.

Filipowna and Tenhanded – with a lot of hands to help their owners in everyday duties.

In private collections.

Rusałka (Nixie) –  from Polish and Slavic mythology. Young and beautiful goddess of forests, water reservoirs, fields and young rye. Rusałkas appear during the New Moon. They represent freedom, vitality, fun, erotism, sexual energy, joy, nature.