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Magical gardening implements made from horn and bone

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The British Library
London, United Kingdom

These gardening implements, made from bone and antler, were used specifically for sowing and harvesting. Many plants are harvested not only for their medicinal qualities but for their alleged supernatural powers — in such cases, the rituals used in gathering them are hugely important. Tools shaped from antlers were considered to connect the earth with the higher spirit world. As antlers are shed and regrown annually, they symbolise the magic of regeneration and renewal.

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  • Title: Magical gardening implements made from horn and bone
  • Location: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
  • Original Source: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

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