Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 31: Witch-bottle

This is the bottom half of an approximately 6cm diameter green bottle from the early 19th century that contained small iron and bronze objects and a piece of leather. Originally it would have contained human hair and urine. It is representative of a series of objects dating from throughout the post-medieval period which are generally believed to be 'witch bottles'. They were intended to protect the residence where they were buried from evil spells cast by witches on the inhabitants. The witch bottle and its contents are now in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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