Mandragora | Pencil on paper, Photoshop

Illustration for Illustration Friday’s September 2 topic: Roots

A furrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must get away. The dog then endeavours to follow him, and so easily pulls up the root, but dies suddenly instead of his master. After this the root can be handled without fear.
~ Josephus