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Queen Anne's lodestone, c 1701-1714.

Exton, David

Queen Anne's lodestone, c 1701-1714.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


Copy made from tin, iron and stone. Lodestones are pieces of naturally magnetic iron oxide, which were believed to have healing properties. This was used in ceremonies of healing scrofula, a widespread disfiguring form of tuberculosis, by touch.

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