Auction 56

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 - 10 a.m.

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Lot Nr.349

A collection of Southern German magical charms

second half of the 18th century
Wooden pencil box with a comprehensive collection of various charms intended to protect the owner. Three so-called "breverl" (bible pages folded and tied together) with unknown content. One ring woven of human hair. One bundle of fir branches, tied with a note inscribed with a protective spell. One small bezoar, one mummified mole's claw and two snake vertebrae. One medallion with the portrait of a saint, one coin dated 1769, one engraved button. One stone carved with a cross, one clay marble and one hand-forged iron nail. Length of the box 22 cm.
Rare evidence of the superstitious traditions and folk beliefs practiced in Bavaria. The box was found in the intermediate floor of an old house in Landshut and was probably placed there to protect the house and its inhabitants against natural disasters and diseases.

Condition: II-III Limit: 1500 EURO
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Zuschlag 2400 EURO


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