Warehouse 13, Sodom Salt Death Mask Artifact

original movie prop

People in an insular gated community are dying in spectacularly different ways in fourth season episode What Matters Most, leading Myka and Pete to believe at first that more than one artifact might be involved. They soon realize that there's only a single 'cause and effect' artifact at work; in this case, a death mask composed entirely of salt, capturing the face of a doomed sinner from the Biblical city of Sodom.

 

Ingesting even a few crystals of salt from the mask soon subjects the victim to 'divine retribution', i.e. punishment in kind for their most horrible secret sin. Thus the corrupt DA is killed by apparent lethal injection, a pair of adulterers are found fused at the hip, and an arsonist spontaneously combusts. The only way to survive the artifact, or have the punishment stop if nonfatal, is to confess the sin to anyone nearby before being killed or completely incapacitated.

 

Sodom and Gomorrah, two Biblical cities destroyed for their wicked ways by the Lord with fire and brimstone, symbolize impenitent sin and divine retribution. In the Biblical telling, Lot's wife looked behind her as they were leaving the city and turned into a pillar of salt; the story in this episode about a windstorm burying the destroyed city of Sodom in a salt dune, creating artifacts, seems to be completely new.

 

10" (25 cm) thick plastic decorative mask with simulated salt texture and coloring.

 

From VIP Fan Auctions & NBCUniversal.

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
movie: Warehouse 13 (TV) (2009)
original (111)  |  replica (31)
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