Poster - Hand of the Philosopher
The Hand of the Philosophers features symbols that stand for (al)chemical substances: crown=salpeter; star=vitriol; sun=salammoniac; lantarn=alum; key=salt; fish=mercury; fire=sulphur. Those who did not understand the meaning of these secret symbols could never become true alchemists.
Illustration from: The booke of the hande of the philosopher. A true treatise of Alchimie. Manuscript, 17th century.
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Collection | Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam
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Size: 50 x 70 cm
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