An eighteenth century witch bottle with its

 
An eighteenth century witch bottle with its
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Description

An eighteenth century witch bottle with its "spell" intact inside, which was discovered on National Trust land on the Isle of Purbeck in 1986. The bottle was found inverted, as was the custom, in a stone boundary wall. The bottle is an example of a spiritual midden (an item to ward off evil spirits). The spell is thought to have been to ward off cattle distemper.

Image Details

NTPL Ref. No.
 
170483

©NTPL/Cristian Barnett

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