The Box of Astaroth - Hell's Mouth Edition
The client brief for this commission was to incorporate elements of the Dark Rituals box, specifically the fetish, and the Emerald Tablet box. I decided to go with the medieval theme of Hell's Mouth, Medieval theatre often had a hellmouth prop or mechanical device which was used to attempt to scare the audience by vividly dramatizing an entrance to Hell. The art featured in this box is also designed to evoke a feeling of demonic dread for anyone who looks inside.
The Hellmouth also acts a portal or gateway to Hell in which demonic spirits may freely pass through and engage with items in the box such as ringing bells and moving objects. It is advised to prepare a protective ring of salt around the box before you attempt to do this as whatever comes out of the portal may not want to return and attach itself to an audience member or drag in a soul to eternal damnation.
The Hellmouth never bites the damned, but remains wide open, ready for more.
Also, for any League of Gentlemen fans, the image below may contain the first ever depiction of Papa Lazarou, can you see him?
As always, I have used original antiques where possible and this edition retains all the functionality of previous boxes.