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Six different pieces of sealed, precious medicinal earth known as 'terra sigillata'. Pen drawing.

  • Worm, Ole, 1588-1654.
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The first tablet is illustrated with St. Paul bearing a serpent, the second tablet is inscribed with a Maltese cross, the third depicts a hermit adoring a crucifix in a cave, the fourth is an illustration of a ship (perhaps the one that St. Paul travelled to Malta in), the fifth tablet bears an illustration of John the Baptist and the Lamb and the sixth is also of a ship

For terra sigillata see further: D. Cowen and W.H. Helfand, Pharmacy an illustrated history, New York 1990, p. 34

Karl H. Dannenfeldt, The introduction of a new sixteenth century drug: terra silesiaca, Medical History 1984, no. 28, pp. 174-188

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1 drawing : pen and ink

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Terra sigillata. Museum Wormianum. 1655.

References note

David Gentilcore, Medical charlatanism in early modern Italy, Oxford 2006, pp. 240-241 (reproduced)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 16336i

Reproduction note

The originals are in: Olaus Worm, Museum Wormianum seu historia rerum rariorum ..., Iohannes Elsevirivs 1655

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