Spellbound
A unique look at how people have viewed magic and superstition, both historically and in the present day. Images are drawn from many private collections and have not been published before. Objects will include 'Witches in Bottles' spell books and other rare manuscripts. Spellbound explores the concept of 'magical thinking', which describes how people in all ages and cultures have sought to connect with an unseen world of perceived power. This concept of magical thinking is used here to explore the history of medicine and the mind, focusing in particular on magic's secular expressions. Spells, magical objects and rituals are engines of hope, and hope is essential to physical and mental health, indeed to survival. These ideas are explored and conveyed through the extraordinary visual culture of magic, offering an introduction to diverse magical objects, from the exquisite, such as engraved rings and illuminated manuscripts, to the unsettling - a shoe embedded in a wall or a bull's heart pierced with nails.

Spellbound Details

TitleSpellbound
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 31st, 2018
PublisherAshmolean Museum
ISBN-139781910807248
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Art

Spellbound Review

  • Joss
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't seen the exhibition yet but glad I bought this first. Many images of exhibits of course, but worth having for the scholarly articles on magic, ritual and witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present day. One interesting example out of many is the custom of placing ritual objects up the chimney - when modern folk are renovating their houses and find these curious objects, many acknowledge their significance by returning them after the renovations are complete or exhibiting them in the I haven't seen the exhibition yet but glad I bought this first. Many images of exhibits of course, but worth having for the scholarly articles on magic, ritual and witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present day. One interesting example out of many is the custom of placing ritual objects up the chimney - when modern folk are renovating their houses and find these curious objects, many acknowledge their significance by returning them after the renovations are complete or exhibiting them in their homes.
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  • Holly Cox
    January 1, 1970
    A magnificent companion to a magnificent exhibition.
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