3660 – Bronze female nude with pentacle

Physical description:
Metal five sided star with naked metal woman on top holding a sword in one hand. Crescent moon shaped tiara on her head.
Museum classification:
Modern Witchcraft
Size:
25 cm x 27 cm
Information:

A bronze female nude with spread arms and legs atop a wire/bronzed pentacle.

Possibly an altarpiece or decoration, this was donated by Ralph Harvey of the Order of Artemis in November 2016.

In 2018, this object was framed and put on display in the Museum's exhibition "Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic."  Photo below shows it in this exhibition.

 

It was displayed above the Double Cubic altar (object 941 - images below) to make the connection between the symbolism used in modern witchcraft practices (person on pentacle representing the quintessence or fifth element) and ritual magic (Robert Fludd's Microcosm/Macrocosm - image below and as drawn on top of the altar by Steffi Grant).

In ritual magic, the pentacle represents the microcosm.  Scholars have dwelt on the magical significance of the number 5: five senses, five limbs etc. 

 

 

 

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Bronze, metal, paint
Copyright ownership:
MWM

A bronze female nude with spread arms and legs atop a wire/bronzed pentacle.

Possibly an altarpiece or decoration, this was donated by Ralph Harvey of the Order of Artemis in November 2016.

In 2018, this object was framed and put on display in the Museum's exhibition "Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic."  Photo below shows it in this exhibition.

 

It was displayed above the Double Cubic altar (object 941 - images below) to make the connection between the symbolism used in modern witchcraft practices (person on pentacle representing the quintessence or fifth element) and ritual magic (Robert Fludd's Microcosm/Macrocosm - image below and as drawn on top of the altar by Steffi Grant).

In ritual magic, the pentacle represents the microcosm.  Scholars have dwelt on the magical significance of the number 5: five senses, five limbs etc.