Baba Yaga’s House

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Russian Folk Tale Witch

Baba Yaga’s House

I’ve created this model of Baba Yaga’s house for a new film project that I’m working on. The house is constraucted from a range of materials including crow wings obtained from a taxidermist as well as wood and plaster.

According to the traditional Slavic folk tale Baba Yaga, the old woman’s house is mounted on chicken legs. As I’m treating Baba Yaga as more of a witch than a wizened old woman I’ve created at house that borrows more from crows that chickens.

A model of Baba Yaga's House

Baba Yaga is a Slavic folk tale about a wild woman or dark lady of magic. She is described as a ferocious looking woman who flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle and dwells deep in the forest in a hut surrounded by a fence constructed from human bones.

Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter or seek her out. She sometimes plays a maternal role, and also has associations with forest wildlife but is often depicted as a villain.

A model of a Russian Fairy Tale House From the Slavic Folk Tale Baba Yaga

You can view images of my Baba Yaga puppet in my portfolio here.