A Peacock in a Crowned Alchemical Flask; Representing the Stage in the Alchemical Process When the Substance Breaks Out into Many Colours

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This image is one of a sub-series in the 'Splendor solis', showing crowned alchemical flasks containing symbols of the various stages of the Great Work. In the original manuscript, scenes of symbolically relevant activities in village life are shown outside the image, along with an astronomical sign at the top.

Wellcome Collection

London

Title

A Peacock in a Crowned Alchemical Flask; Representing the Stage in the Alchemical Process When the Substance Breaks Out into Many Colours

Medium

watercolour on paper (?)

Measurements

H 41.8 x W 19.6 cm

Accession number

38825i

Acquisition method

commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1907

Work type

Watercolour

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