Uraltes Chymisches Werk | postcard

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Postcard - Uraltes chymisches Werk

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Size: 105 x 148 mm.
On the flipside of the card there is an explanation about the image.
Price: € 1,00 (incl. 9% VAT)

The winged and wingless serpents represent mercury and sulphur respectively and are obviously inspired by the orouboros, the symbol of eternal return. Mercury and sulphur were believed to be the two components of the Philosophers’ Stone.

Hand-coloured illustration from: Abraham Eleazar, Uraltes chymisches Werk. 
Leipzig 1735.
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Collection | Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam