Ouroboros, dragon eating its own tail

    Date
    1573
    Creator
    Unknown, Artist
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Manuscript page number
    p121v
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (page): 166mm
    width (page): 116mm
    Subject
    Description
    A common symbol in alchemy, this dragon is eating its own tail. The symbol is called 'ouroboros' and has a meaning of infinity and wholeness.

    The drawing is added to the last page of a French manuscript about the philosopher's stone, entitled: 'Clangor Buccinae: Leson de la Trompete ou du Clarion. Traite excellent et admirable racuielly d'une escripture fort ancienne; descourant a tous philosophes fidellement et physicalement de la pierre des Philosophes. Mis en Francois par I. Fornier. 1573.'

    It is possible that this particular copy was made later than 1573. It is not clear what the original text is, or in which language it was originally written.
    Object history
    The Royal Society catalogue indicates that this is a notebook of Robert Boyle's.
    Related fellows
    Robert Boyle (1627 - 1691, British) , Natural Philosopher and Chemist, Natural philosopher
    Associated place
    Credit
    ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.16884
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