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Alchemical scroll, Europe, 1701-1800
Alchemical scroll of painted mystical symbols, paper
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Work Type
Pharmacy
Date
1701-1800
Location
Europe
Description
Alchemical scroll of painted mystical symbols, paper, linen backed, European, 18th century
Illustrated with watercolours, this 6 metre long scroll shows alchemical practices such as distillation and crystallisation (still used today by chemists) as well as some mystical symbols. Alchemy was a secretive practice, and its aims included the search for the Philosopher"s Stone " believed to guarantee eternal life " and the transformation of metals such as lead into gold. Alchemy could only be learnt from person to person, or by someone with a key to the symbols used. Most alchemical writings remain a mystery to modern historians.
Illustrated with watercolours, this 6 metre long scroll shows alchemical practices such as distillation and crystallisation (still used today by chemists) as well as some mystical symbols. Alchemy was a secretive practice, and its aims included the search for the Philosopher"s Stone " believed to guarantee eternal life " and the transformation of metals such as lead into gold. Alchemy could only be learnt from person to person, or by someone with a key to the symbols used. Most alchemical writings remain a mystery to modern historians.
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co133645
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