The discovery of herbal medicines, their transport by ship from the East Indies and their presentation to the pagan deities.
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Above right is a female figure holding a flag with the letters VOC in monogram with A above. The first three letters of the monogram presumably refer to the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie). Mercury in his winged helmet, carrying his caduceus, appears in the shadows of the foreground on the left. The verses in the lettering are spoken by Apollo in Ovid's Metamorphoses, book 1, verses 521-522, "Medicine is my discovery, I am called aid-bringer throughout the world and the power of herbs is under me."
Inventum medicina meum est, opiferque per orbem / Dicor et herbarum subjecta potentia nobis. Ovidius.