Alchemical Symbols

Alchemical Symbols

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Caption: Alchemical symbols on The Hand of Philosophy, from 1667. A salamander surrounded by flames can be seen on the palm. At the time, salamanders were thought to have mystical properties. Alchemy was the pseudo-scientific predecessor of chemistry. Among other pursuits, alchemists searched for formulas that would turn base metals into gold.

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