Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sepia Saturday - 15 Mar 2014

Wendy Mathias has once again graced us with our photo theme this week of, domes and such, see here.


I'm stretching Wendy's theme of domes to, well a glass container of sorts, which in truth, actually encompasses my subject with,

A Witch in a Bottle. 

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.  Here's one interesting link to follow this thought.

You'll see, canoes, monkey skulls as well as, the Witch in a Bottle, all just a meager few of the many items on view in Pitt Rivers Museum.

South Parks Road, Oxford, England

Tripadvisor link to Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

During my last visit to England, I have no idea how we missed this place,

Pitt Rivers Museum, it's surely on my list for our next visit to England.

The Witch in a Bottle

It's a small glass flask of bilobed shape and silvered over the inside and stoppered.

Legend says, there's a witch in it, and according to the late owner living near Hove, Sussex the story is this

"They do say there be a witch in it, and if you let 'un out there'll be a 'peck o'trouble."

Reportedly, Margaret also donated a witch's broom to a major university museum as well.

The museum officials believe Margaret obtained the bottle first hand (from an old lady of Sussex) and to this day the bottle has remained sealed and no trouble has been seen.

We can thank Margaret Murray for donating this witch's bottle of slivered glass in 1915.

13 July 1863- 13 November 1963
Margaret Murray

  Wikipedia link here, detailing her life and works. I find her life's work incredibly interesting and assuredly beyond her time.  I'd enjoy adding Margaret to my list of interesting folks to share conversations over coffee, if only she were still alive.

She's known as an Egyptologist or anthropologist and Egyptology was the core of her academic career.

During her presidency with the Folklore Society, she said,

"We are too near to events which will become history to realize what folklore underlines them.  But folklore is a living thing, it is always with us, and therefore may have effect on even the greatest events of history."

Lastly, just another piece of history, I'll close her story with a remarkable structure.

Osirion at Abydos


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That's a pretty bottle, and what a nice excuse to head off into Egyptology!

Lisa B said...

How interesting!

La Nightingail said...

That's one very curvaceous witch! But the photo of Margaret with the mummy really caught my eye. Although the mummy is mostly bones, the face still possesses a nose & some flesh. Amazing. And the article about Osirion at Abydos sparks the imagination. But what patience those archeologists must have to dig so carefully & slowly through all of that

Mike Brubaker said...

An intriguing post about an historic character that I would also enjoy having round for tea. The best Sepia Saturday themes inspire creative thinking, outside the bottle so-to-speak.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Ah, a mummy, I wondered what the small body was. I've heard of genies in bottles before, but not of witches in bottles :-).

Brett Payne said...

I rather fancy visiting that building at South Park Road - a place you could spend many hours browsing.

Alex Daw said...

What is it about Egypt that draws us to it with such fascination? I think it's cats myself. I am glad that the witch in the bottle is nowhere near me...I'd be frightened I'd drop it.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Fascinating story !

luvlinens said...

Would love to have a look inside that museum. Alex I was thinking the same. For goodness sake don't drop the bottle.

Postcardy said...

Looks like the witch got stuck in a bottleneck when trying to get out.

Little Nell said...

Thank goodness the bottle has remained sealed, I don't think I could face meeting a real witch! Great bit of folklore!

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, I loved "The witch in a bottle"!

Wendy said...

A witch in a bottle - well fancy that! Makes for a great story.

Rosie said...

I would make sure NOT to rub that bottle, just in case.....

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