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Ironwork, Room 114a, case 1, shelf 1
Mortar of cast iron that is etched with personifications of gold, silver, iron and brass. These include a figure with a flaming face, torch and key (representing gold), a female figure with a starred shawl and torch (silver), Mars with the male symbol (iron), and a naked woman and child with an orb and a female symbol (brass).
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Mortar, cast iron, Germany, 1734
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MORTAR, cast iron, Germany; dated 1734
The figures in the cartouches on the side represent the principal metals: a figure with a flaming face, torch and key - gold; a female figure with a starred shawl and torch - silver; Mars with the male symbol - iron; and a naked woman and child with an orb and a female symbol - brass. It has been suggested that this belonged to an alchemist (who tried to discover how to turn base metals into gold).
Museum No. M.144-1978 [07/1994]
Casting; Etching; Technique