Postcard - ‘The vulture (above) and the raven (below)'
Emblem 43/50: The vulture (above) and the raven (below) symbolize the circular motion of the alchemical process: the raven stands for putrefaction, or deterioration; the vulture is the successful completion of the process: the Philosophers’ Stone. Michael Maier (1568-1622) describes phases of the alchemical process in Atalanta fugiens, 1618. Engraving by Mattheus Merian sr (1593-1650), 8,5x9,5 cm | © EFM/Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Collection
There is a brief explanation of the image on the reverse of the card.
Size: 105x150 mm
© EFM/Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Collection