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A 15th-century Alchemical image which includes 4 TdM atouts - all in one


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The image below is from an alchemical manuscript in the British Library (Harley 2407),
which BL dates to the second half of the 15th century.
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illumina....asp?MSID=3670

Quite astonishingly, we can find the features of four TdM atouts - 17, 18, 19 and 20 - all in this single image.

I have made some pics for comparison between this and the 4 TdM atouts.
I hope you will find them interesting.



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20 LE JUGEMENT


The TOAD in the alchemical image corresponds to the third person showing his back in TdM.
And the cross on the banner attached to the trumpet in TdM might represent the sun in the alchemical image.





The two DRAGONS in the alchemical image may have something to do with the two ANGELS in old hand-painted cards such as those of Visconti-Sforza and 'Charles VI'.

  
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19 LE SOLEIL







In 17th-century decks the figure on the right has breasts while the other person not, as in the alchemical image.



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Kenji that's an awesome find! Thanks for sharing.
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Perhaps the two DRAGONS were transformed into the two BEASTS in TdM, in place of the human figures.
And just compare the TOAD on the water in the alchemical image with the CRAYFISH in TdM...




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17 LESTOILLE


Both of the female figures (on or near the water) are taking almost the same posture.
And the two trees (and the bird on one of them) in TdM might be the traces of the dragons.



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Later copies of the alchemical image in question



from Egerton 845 in BL
(the first half of the 16th century, according to BL)





from Sloane 1171 in BL
(the second half of the 16th century, according to BL)





from "Theatrum chemicum britannicum" by Elias Ashmole (1652)



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Very interesting! That's a great find.
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Quote:
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Kenji that's an awesome find! Thanks for sharing.
Hi Abrac! It has been a while. I am glad to hear from you and to know you found the images interesting
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Very interesting! That's a great find.
Hi Poor Wandering One! Glad to meet you and thanks for your kind comment
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