Emblems from Mylius' Philosophia reformat

Emblems from Mylius' Philosophia reformat

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Caption: Set of four engraved emblems. At top left is a Moon-headed naked woman dressed in the globe of the Earth, breastfeeding a Sun-headed infant. At top right are four goddesses, each standing on a sphere representing the Four Elements (left to right: water, earth, air, fire). At lower left figures representing the Sun and the Moon sit on a radiant sphere which contains a three-headed snake. At lower right is a dragon engulfed in flames. Such emblems were drawn to symbolise the mystical nature of the alchemist's art and to point the way toward making the Philosopher's Stone. This engraving comes from Philosophia reformata by Johann Daniel Mylius, printed at Frankfurt in 1622.

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