Mandrake roots in the form of human figures, both naked and clothed; the mandrake plant itself (Mandragora officinarum L.); and a root of ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.). Engraving.
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The roots of mandrake and ginseng are used in medicine. The tuberous root of mandrake has a fancied resemblance to human form and the plant allegedly screams when pulled from the ground
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A, mandragores artificielles nues et vêtues B, mandragore avec ses fleurs et son fruit C, ginseng Tom XI Ier des superst Pl VIII
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