* PLEASE NOTE - THIS ITEM IS MADE TO ORDER - THE WITCH BOTTLE DISPLAYED HERE HAS BEEN SOLD ALREADY *
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ITEM
Contemporary Witch Bottle and Sigil - a custom artwork to bring good luck and drive out bad spirits. Glass globe, cork lid with custom sigil, filled with finds from the River Thames, based on the contents of witch bottles from the past (minus the unpalatable items).
I create the sigil, based on any name or short phrase of your choice, and select the items for the witch bottle, based on any preferred information that you give me. In addition to the traditional items, such as animal bones, teeth and bent nails, Tudor pins, I add items such as clay pipes, sea glass, potsherds, oddities and treasures. Items can date from Roman - early 20th Century, so please do be specific if you have certain items you'd like.
INFORMATION ABOUT SIGILS
A sigil is an inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power. The sigil works by crafting a sigil of your intention, then placing that intention in the real world. For example, if your will is for good fortune to come to you, I fill the bottle with relevant found items, craft your word/phrase/intention by removing vowels and forming a monogram design from the consonants. As the sigil is designed for you, whatever you ask me to craft into a sigil is decided upon by you, represents your will, and is up to you to put this will into practice. To read more about sigils, visit this URL: http://neuromagick.com/sigils-and-seals.
INFORMATION ABOUT WITCH BOTTLES
Witch bottles are counter-magical devices used as protection against witchcraft and conjure. They are described in historical sources in England and the United States. One of the earliest descriptions of a witch bottle is from Suffolk, England. It appears in 1681 in Joseph Glanvill’s Saducismus Triumphatus, or Evidence concerning Witches and Apparitions. A witch or folk healer would prepare the witch's bottle. Historically, the witch's bottle contained the victim's (the person who believed they had a spell put on them, for example) urine, hair or nail clippings, or red thread from sprite traps (none of which go in to my witch bottles!) Later witch bottles were filled with rosemary, needles and pins, and red wine. Historically and currently, the bottle is then buried at the farthest corner of the property, beneath the house hearth, or placed in an inconspicuous spot in the house. It is believed that after being buried, the bottle captures evil which is impaled on the pins and needles, drowned by the wine, and sent away by the rosemary.
BACKGROUND TO MY MUDLARK ARTWORK
I am an artist with a passion for modern day mudlarking - a recreational pastime fuelled by my love for London history (not quite the same motivation as for Victorian mudlarkers!). I visit the Thames daily, bringing my finds back home to repurpose for use and display. My artwork follows themes visible in folk, the occult and supernatural, heritage.
Please bear in mind that I am working with found objects from London's mysterious, tidal Thames. All items have been cleaned and/or sanitised appropriately, however, to keep the unique patina on some items, such as sea glass and coins, I have not used cleaning products such as bleach or rubbing alcohol. If you have any specific enquiries about how the item has been treated, please ask.