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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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1 print : engraving ; platemark 32.5 x 21 cm

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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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Wellcome Library no. 20442i

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