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Anc Sci Life. 1988 Jul-Sep; 8(1): 44–48.
PMCID: PMC3331348

THE PORTRAIT OF A MEDIEVAL ALCHEMIST WITH SYMBOLS OF ELEMENTS IMITATING CREATION

Abstract

This paper depicts e paraphernalia of an alchemist who believed in imitating creation and generating a soul thereby. The magic wands of creation are a compass and a triangular carpenter's square. They can produce the dual natured soul Ruh or Spirit symbolized as Cock and Nafs of “the soul” as snake: The real creative energy by nature is ultrasonic energy, characterizing the word of command of the creator. Ultrasonic energy can be produced by fiddle which is depicted also as such a producer. Thus all the elements necessary to imitate creation have been depicted here.


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