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anonymous asked:

Hi, I want to first off thank you for taking the time to read my question. I'm writing a story revolving around objects (everyday and extraordinary) and was wondering if you have any references or lists on cursed and/or famous objects throughout history and fiction? Thank you again! You're awesome!

Well, I didn’t have a resource/information list before, but I do now! Important and cursed objects are awesome and can get super creepy, so this will be fun. Let’s start. (I’ll include some other stuff that I think might help as well, if you’re thinking of creating your own objects).


Top 10 Creepy Cursed Objects
[Link includes information on: Maori Warrior Masks | Koh-i-Noor Diamond |Terra Cotta Army | Crying Boy Painting | Delhi Purple Sapphire | Hope Diamond | Uluru Rocks | Black Orlov | Blarney Stone Rocks | Iceman]

Cursed Antiques and Haunted Objects
[Background of this page is a little much to deal with, so I’ve picked out some of the more interesting objects included in their list]

  • The Woman of Lemb — This strange little artifact has done so much damage that it is commonly referred to as the ‘Goddess of Death,’ and remains under glass in a private section of a Scottish museum. Discovered in 1878 in Eastern Europe, in the village of Lemb, Cyprus, it has been dated to about 3500 B.C. and is believed to represent a goddess of that time by noted historians, but its exact placement in the pantheon of gods and goddesses remains a mystery. The statue is carved from pure limestone, and appears to have been done in a manner similar to fertility idols of the ancients…
  • Cloth Poppet — …were made by witches and other soothsayers of long ago to act as a fetish of a person. It was mostly used for malaise, but on occasion, some were used for healing. I bought this at an estate sale in New Hampshire, as is dated approximately from c. 1850 – 1900. The inside is made of herbs, defiantly lace, ivy and rose petals, as well as unprocessed cotton. We think it was used primarily as a love fetish for a loved one. Green signifies health issues, and the white buttons may mean to clear something. The linen cloth is cheaply made, and has been estimated as coming from either a laundry bag or a linen protector, so this would signify that the maker was poor, possibly a servant…
  • Crusader Rings 
  • Scarab Icons

10 Most Haunted Objects Of All Time
[Link includes information on: The Dibbuk Box, the contains an ancient, malevolent spirit | Annabelle, the doll possessed by a lying demon | The “eBay Haunted Painting” -causes sickness, screaming and fear | The Myrtles Plantation Mirror | Haunted Wedding Dress | Chairs that push people out of them and make people feel sick | Haunted doll (Robert) curses those who take his picture without permission | The Women from Lemb | “The Anguished Man” | The cursed ‘Chair of Death”]


Top 10 Most Important Historical Finds

10 Most Amazing Ancient Objects of Mystery in History

101 Objects that Made America: America in the World
Pulled from the Smithsonian collections, these items range millennia, from pre-historic dinosaurs to the very first supercomputer

6 Famous Things From History That Didn’t Actually Exist


10 Coolest Magical Items from Fiction
[Link includes information on: Truth Chain from Fablehaven Series | Hand of Midas from Alibaba and forty Thieves | Flying Carpet from One Thousand and One Nights | Eye and Hand of Vecna from Dungeons and Dragons Universe | Elder Wand from Harry Potter Series | Summoning Horn from Bartimeaus Trilogy | Magic Lamp from Aladdin | The Dagger of Time from Prince of Persia Franchise | One Ring from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings]

The Coolest Fictional Objects You Most Want to Own

10 Amazing Mythological Objects
[Link includes information on: The Cintamani Stone | The Seven-League Boots | The Ring of Gyges | The Hand of Glory | Skatert Samobranka | The Book of Thoth | Helmet of Invisibility | The Spear of Destiny | The Argo | Dragon’s Teeth]

Some Wiki mega-lists:

Fictional Dolls & Dummies
Fictional Jewels
Mythological Objects
Time Viewing Devices
Fictional Weapons


Gemstone meanings and properties 

Herb properties & uses

Magical Properties of Metal

Ideas on objects that could have significance

  • Everyday Objects: baskets, books, boxes, broaches, cups, furniture, pottery, rings (general jewelry), taxidermy, writing utensils
  • Oddities: animal bones, animal horns or antlers, animal skulls, antique books or documents, antique jewelry box, creepy dolls, haunted antique medical equipment, human bones, human skulls, preserved specimens
  • Large-Scale Objects and Locations: abandoned tunnels (with super secret corridors), areas that are located on intersecting ley lines, cursed bridges, cursed hotels, haunted & abandoned prisons/hospitals/institutions
  • Historic & Ancient Objects and Locations: ancient figurines, ancient pottery, art pieces (paintings, sculptures etc), crowns, executional artifacts & locations, giant ancient stone sites like Stonehenge or Easter Island, Indigenous Peoples’ cities/sites/homes, Indigenous Peoples’ weaponry, jewelry, swords or daggers


I hope something in here helped! Happy writing! Xx