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When did the symbol of the wolf become attached to antimony ?
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 Posted: Mon Feb 18th, 2008 02:18 pm
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An american contact asked me this question

The term 'lupus metallorum', stibnite/grey wolf is prevalent in Basil Valentine‚Äôs work and thereafter, but are there any references to the wolf and alchemy in the Middle Ages?  

They are particularly anxious to find some references in the 12th century or earlier, as they suspect that some images of the wolf in the French romances may refer to alchemy. 

I suspect this may be a bit early, but am uncertain if the wolf was associated with antimony in early alchemical texts. It would be interesting to explore just when this symbol became associated with antimony.

Last edited on Mon Feb 18th, 2008 02:21 pm by adammclean


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