Artist: Saveur St. Cyr
Dolls, ribbon, sequins, netting, dried medicinal leaves
H: 37.0 cm, W: 22.0 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 14.5 in, W: 8.6 in, D: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Marilyn Houlberg. X2007.8.1
Artist and Vodou priest Sauveur St. Cyr created this “paket kongo,” or curative bundle, transforming manufactured dolls into a mermaid holding mertwins. Dried medicinal leaves are inserted within the base.
Source: Drewal, Henry John. (2008) “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas“, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 157