I was experimenting with charcoal rubbings for this project and inspired by the Pitts Museum came up with some interesting results.
The image on the left is a witch trapped inside a bottle. It was thought that if urine, pins, hair etc were placed inside a bottle this would attract a witch and she would get trapped inside unable to cause any harm. The Pitts Museum has an example on display that was found hidden in a house in Surrey.
The Screaming Mandrake on the right was produced from old folk tales. If a mandrake was pulled from the earth then its screams would kill whoever heard it. A rope was tied around the plant and a dog used to pull it up by its roots. Experienced witches however, could cast a circle of protection around them. This was a subject that I encountered whilst writing my dissertation in the third year. If you are ever in Boscastle, visit the Witches Museum it is full of strange historical items, including the Mandrake plant.