Emblem 160 The Hermetic Garden

In his study a philosopher kneels facing right in an attitude of prayer. A beam of light descends upon him from a radiance labelled with the greek letters alpha and omega. On the table in front of him, which has a single bird's claw pedestal, is an eagle with wings outspread. His study is lined with books, flasks and a lute, and in the foreground an alembic is seen upon a circular furnace.