What comes to mind when you hear of mercury? A toxic treatment for syphilis from the 14th-17th centuries? The liquid silver inside your thermometer? This embroidered reproduction of the 1589 illustration from Giovanni Battista Nazari’s “Della Transmutatione Metallica,” manages to capture some of its other storied facets. The three heads symbolize sulfur, salt, and mercury, which were considered by ancient alchemists to be the three principle substances of matter. Alchemists famously experimented with mercury, trying to find the combination of substances that would yield either gold or immortality. The element itself is known for its mobility, which is a characteristic shared by the Roman god, Mercury. He was messenger to the gods, and his speed (mobility) was symbolized by his winged shoes.
Single strand embroidery on cotton in a repurposed, hand-painted frame. Finished size is approximately 9 x 11 inches.
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