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Islamic sublimation apparatus, 10th-12th century.

Islamic sublimation apparatus, 10th-12th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


These examples are among the oldest to survive from the West or Near East. The cucurbit (left) 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.

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