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The mediaeval Rosicrucians speak of the Elixir of Life as ‘a fiery water, a watery fire, a current which flows like water’. The alchemical water had the power to dissolve and animate inert matter, to resurrect the dead, and to wash blackness into whiteness. Water was believed to be the soul of all substances.
Mercurius stands at the beginning and end: He is the Prima Materia; as Dragon he devours himself and as Dragon he dies, to rise again as the Lapis Stone. He is the play of colours in the peacock’s tail and the division into four elements. He is the hermaphrodite that was in the beginning, that splits into the classical brother-sister duality and is reunited in the Coniunctio, to appear once again at the end in the radiant form of the Lumen Novum, the Stone. He is metallic yet liquid, matter yet spirit, cold yet fiery, poison and yet healing draught – a symbol uniting all opposites.“
Jung, Psychology and Alchemy

Painted 23.7'21

'CHRYSOPOEIA'

$3,800
original acrylic painting (framed) by Tillian Clegg
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Materials
Flow Acrylic on cradled panel. Satin varnished with UV protection. Edges sealed with black lacquer. Oak box frame. Ready to hang with D-rings and cable.
Framed, tasmanian oak floating frame, danish oiled and waxed.
Size
W:122cm x H:92cm x D:2cm
Size with frame: 126x96x4cm. Weight with frame 9kg.
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    • Artist's Description

      The mediaeval Rosicrucians speak of the Elixir of Life as ‘a fiery water, a watery fire, a current which flows like water’. The alchemical water had the power to dissolve and animate inert matter, to resurrect the dead, and to wash blackness into whiteness. Water was believed to be the soul of all substances.
      Mercurius stands at the beginning and end: He is the Prima Materia; as Dragon he devours himself and as Dragon he dies, to rise again as the Lapis Stone. He is the play of colours in the peacock’s tail and the division into four elements. He is the hermaphrodite that was in the beginning, that splits into the classical brother-sister duality and is reunited in the Coniunctio, to appear once again at the end in the radiant form of the Lumen Novum, the Stone. He is metallic yet liquid, matter yet spirit, cold yet fiery, poison and yet healing draught – a symbol uniting all opposites.“
      Jung, Psychology and Alchemy

      Painted 23.7'21

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