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Salamander in a fire, 1618.

Salamander in a fire, 1618.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


During the Middle Ages the salamander was believed to have the power to withstand and even to quench fire; it 'lieth in the burning fire without consumption and wasting'. Illustration from 'Atalanta Fugiens' by Michael Maier, a work on alchemical symbolism first published in 1617.

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