Hand of the Philosopher | Poster

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Poster - Hand of the Philosopher

The Hand of the Philosopher 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