A man and a woman demonstrating the process of fermentation and distillation in alchemy. Etching, ca. 17th century.
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In the fifth scene down, Apollo, bearing a bow, takes from the man a vessel decorated with a sun-like flower with its petals spread Laurinda Dixon comments that the couple present throughout the Mutus liber are shown in recollection of Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perrenelle (Nicolas Flamel, His exposition of the hieroglyphical figures (1624), ed. Laurinda Dixon, London 1994, p. xxx)
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Gareth Roberts, The mirror of alchemy, London 1994, p. 64
Wellcome Library no. 36181i