A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle
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A 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine Jug Fragment Or Witches Bottle

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A lovely 16th - 17th Century Bellarmine jug fragment, or as they were also commonly known, Witches Bottles.

These mysterious looking items were a type of decorated salt-glazed stoneware that was manufactured in Europe throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The characteristic decorative detail is a bearded face mask appearing on the lower neck of the vessel.

Throughout the 17th century these jugs were used as witches bottles. Witches bottles were believed to be counter magical devices used as protection against Dark magic. They were filled with various objects such as hair, nail clippings, pins, nails, wine or urine and rosemary, which were thought to benefit their owners or harm their enemies. Bottles with malevolent-looking face masks typical of the period, were routinely chosen for this very purpose.

It was widely believed that witches often gained access to homes through deviant paths such as the chimney stack. Witches bottles were therefore placed into walls, roofs, floorboards or fireplaces to ward off evil spirits.

Condition is as seen. Please see photos.

Measures 7cm x 8.5cm x 7cm

Weighs 153.08 grams

 

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