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A Witch Sailing to Aleppo in a Sieve Vintage Art Print - Shakespeare - Macbeth - Antique Decor - Dark Macabre Oddities - Old Maps and Prints - $44
Behold our exclusive edition of Charles Turner's "A Witch Sailing to Aleppo in A Sieve", an 1807 mezzotint illustration for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. The print brings to life a moment from Act I, Scene 3, when one of the three witches recounts that a sailor's wife refused to give her a chestnut. The witch plans to sail after the woman's husband and do horrible things to him:
"Her husband's to Aleppo gone, master o'th' Tiger;
But in a sieve I'll thither sail,
And like a rat without a tail,
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do."
Along with a bubbling cauldron, toads, and eye of newt, one would find a sieve in the kitchen of every competent witch. Using their brooms as oars, witches would set sail in sieves and journey over rough waters. The 1591 'Newes from Scotland' reports 200 witches at one time traveling across the sea in their sieves.
"Like a rat without a tail" perhaps refers to the theory that a witch could be transformed into another animal, with a direct correspondence between each of her limbs and those of the animal. Having no body part to correspond with a tail, the succubus would appear as a tailless rat.
16" x 20"
❖ High resolution images printed at optimal size or below to preserve clarity. We won't blow up an image to sell you a more expensive size!
❖ Digitally restored to remove distracting blemishes, stamps, and damage while still preserving the foxing, wear, and creases that lend to the character of these historic images.
❖ Print size includes a 1-2 inch white margin for easy framing, with or without a mat.
❖ Printed on archival quality Epson Enhanced matte stock:
◆ 10.3 mil thick/192 GSM heavyweight
◆ Acid-free, museum quality
❖ Printed only with Epson UltraChrome HDR ink
◆ Natural high-density pigment colors
◆ Rated lightfast up to 200+ years
❖ Printed on Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900 printers for giclée quality color and clarity.
❖ Protective hardboard kraft tubes virtually eliminate shipping damage
◆ Made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content
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