Islamic sublimation apparatus, 10th-12th century.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Islamic sublimation apparatus, 10th-12th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

These examples are among the oldest to survive from the West or Near East. This cucurbit and collecting vesel were used for sublimation, the proces whereby a solid substance is changed directly into a vapour when heated. The apparatus is displayed here dismantled and shown with ruler to indicate the size.
 

Image Ref.

10221237
 

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