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More mandrake root talismans (aka alraunes) from the Early Modern Period in England. The third mandrake is a side view of the earlier mandrake talisman photo I shared. Some anthropomorphized mandrakes are depicted with a baby like Virgin Mary and Saint Anne statues, I don’t think it is coincidence as both saints are traditionally called upon for help conceiving a child and there was much cross-over between the inherent bioregional animism of an area and the new wave of Catholicism from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. I wish to experiment with growing mandrakes in wooden moulds. I have already successfully experimented with carefully carving a live root and re-planting it so it heals into the carved shape and continues growing until I harvest it to dry as a replica of these ancient amulets of love, sex, fertility, power, and protection. Image is from Wellcome Collection Library. #mandrake #mandrakes #mandrakeroot #mandragoraofficinarum #solanaceae #magicaltalisman #magicalherbs #folkmagic #folkmedicine #alraune #talisman #amulet #animism #anthropomorphism #sympatheticmagic #poisonousplants #toxicplants #poisonpath #hallucinogenicplants #psychoactiveplants #medicinalnightshades #wellcomecollection #sarahannelawless

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Inspired by the lovely and pink @theladyjacqueline

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Mandrake root artifact from England circa 1500-1700 from the Wellcome Library collection. This specimen was either hand carved or grown in a wooden mould to make it more resemble a person. These mandrake root talismans had such a bustling trade as fertility, love, luck, and protection amulets that they were often faked with bryony or belladonna roots. Due to the centuries old popularity of mandrake, our ancestors over harvested it and made it extinct in the wild for much of its native habitat. Despite their ancient popularity they came with a heavy warning: it is a living spirit and must be given regular, consistent offerings in return for their magical aid. If you do not give them offerings the root will not help you and if you try to throw it away or get rid of it in any manner, it will always appear at your home again until you feed it. The talismans were passed on through generations of families and superstitious people believed the mandrake to be the secret source of many a poor man’s sudden fortune in Europe from the Middle Ages up to the 1800s. #mandrakeroot #alraune #mandragoraofficinarum #folkmagic #sympatheticmagic #anthropomorphicplants #traditionalwitchcraft #witchcraft #poisonousplants #poisonpath #medicinalnightshades #solanaceae #rootamulet #rootmagic #magicalherbalism #talismans #leechcraft #folkmedicine #sarahannelawless #wellcomelibrary

Old study sheet „mandragora“ (mandrake), male und female plants

Mandragora Officinarum. Every time it gets used to the sun, we get such a period of rain that it has to adapt to the heat all over again 😂

#mandrake #mandragora #mandragoraofficinarum #solanaceae #botany #banefulherbs #poison #poisonousplants #flowers #nightshades #nightshades #poisonpath #witchcraft #alraune

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