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Curious Punishments of Colonial Days

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18 x 24 stretched Canvas Framed in black - 20 x 26 in.
This piece is dedicated to the victims wrongly accused of witchcraft during the first settlements of the colonies on American soil.

In early colonial days, the supernatural was part of everyday life, for there was a strong belief that Satan was present and active on earth. This concept emerged in Europe around the fifteenth century and spread to Colonial America. Previously, witchcraft had been widely used as peasants heavily relied on particular charms for farming and agriculture. Over time, the idea of white magic transformed into dark magic and became associated with demons and evil spirits. From 1560 to 1670, witchcraft persecutions became common as superstitions became associated with the devil.

The colonists also had many other curious punishments such as:
The Bilboes
The Ducking Stool
The Stocks
The Pillory
Punishments of Authors and Books
The Whipping Post
The Scarlet Letter
Branks and Gags
Public Penance
Military Punishments
Branding and Maiming
....To name a few

The figure is handpainted with watercolor and acrylics. The piece also contains shavings from a birds nest for the stake, decorative papers, and papers describing the curious punishments of colonial days.

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Curious Punishments of Colonial Days


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: black paint, red paint, decorative papers, blue watercolor, stretched canvas, latin empherema, historical papers, glue, sealer, matte gel medium, flexible modeling paste, hand drawn woman
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  • Ships worldwide from Connecticut, United States