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Alchemist's box: inside by ZombieArmadillo Alchemist's box: inside by ZombieArmadillo
A couple of months ago, by a strange and tedious set of circumstances I shan’t bore you with here, I come across this box of what appears to be certain alchemical ingredients and equipment, as well as a book that seems to have a related content (I’m afraid that none of the two languages in which I’m fluent, nor any of those of which I know a little, allow me to make much sense of it, so I’ll have to go by the visual cues here). I am at best an amateur antiquarian, so I cannot say for sure, but the box and book themselves appear to be several centuries old, although extremely well-preserved compared to most museum items of similar age. The equipment inside might have been replaced over time, so the age of some of those items may well be much more recent. Considering the socio-economic conditions of those times, it was most likely manufactured for someone with some measure of wealth and status.

The sigils that make out the center of the diagrams on the box lid and book cover are engraved with a coiled dragon biting its own tail, similar to certain reconstructions I have seen of the seal for the Order of the Dragon, and the motto ‘MORTUI NON MORDANT’ is inscribed around the edge. The fixtures around the box have been fashioned to resemble the wings of bats -- or, I suppose, dragons as they are usually depicted.

It is curious. Most curious indeed.

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Pictures of the box exterior is here (with fanciful description) and here (with some of the facts, ma'am). A detail of the inside view is here.
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:iconloonathefox101:
loonathefox101 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Where do you get that, it looks AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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:iconzombiearmadillo:
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, to a large part I got it in bits and pieces from various second hand stores.  The raw materials include a document briefcase; a certain bestselling hardback book; an old leather skirt; paints and enamel; cardboard; aluminium tape; fimo clay; shoe string and shoe shine... and various other stuff. =P 

Glad you like it!
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loonathefox101 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ok then! Thx for telling me! :D
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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:iconloonathefox101:
loonathefox101 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No problem!
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la-ela Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what would something like this cost? to commission?
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:iconla-ela:
la-ela Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want it *_*

It looks absolutely brilliant!!!
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey, sorry for taking a while to reply (lot of things to deal with lately). Anyway, I'm glad you liked it, thanks for your kind words! :)  Regarding the price for commissions, I'll send you a note.
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Wonderfully magnificent.
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CrowFairy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Extremely cool and very authentic looking. Love the metal and leather work
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Arkaotic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Does one do commissions of such pieces.
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:iconzombiearmadillo:
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late reply, haven't been much on DA the past few months. Anyway, I am open for commissions for things like this, and indeed most of the kind of things I've made, unless it's something that requires some kind of specialist equipment that I can't get access to.
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Arkaotic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
And what would you price a commissioned replica of this piece at?
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crimsonedkisses Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I love the latin inscription.."The dead do not bite."
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I figured that it was rather apropos. You don't live (or, hm, unlive?) for some 500 years without acquiring some kind of sense of humour. :P
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Cersae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Wow, just love this, really wish I could have one for display ( or pretend-a-tinkering ) [link]
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:iconzombiearmadillo:
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, perhaps you should make an alchemy set of your own? :) (This one would be for sale in theory, but in practice, a) it would not be very cheap, and b) I'd want to fix some things about it before letting it go. I've learned quite a bit in the few years since I made it. But I love seeing other people's takes on artifacts like this! ^^ )
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is glorious. I love the straps on the book and the neat insertion of the alchemical image into the lid. I'm a wee bit jealous of the glass apparatus too.
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I've mostly accumulated the various glass things during repeated visits to thrift shops over the years. Occasionally, being a pack rat pays off. :D
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There's no way to do this stuff without pack rat instincts. Minimalism is for losers.
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Anarrakinson Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
fantastic kit! very atmosferic and mistic :)
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:iconzombiearmadillo:
ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, both for the :+fav: and the kind words. :)
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Anarrakinson Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Just say true :)
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fatih35 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
excellent work..it looks so mysterious..
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot, and thanks for the fave too. :)
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JasonMcKittrick Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Nice attention to detail. We seem to share similar aesthetics. Great piece!
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JoeSlucher Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice.
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. :)
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ineffablelotus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
This is simply stunning. I love the idea of arcane treasures.
The ouroboros and everything else are obvious signs and sigils of alchemy's mysterious, and hopefully not yet lost art.
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, glad you liked it. :)
And thanks for the :+fav:!
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ineffablelotus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Certainly! ^.-
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TeodoCake Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
That is so cool!
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, and for the :+fav: too. Cheers! :D
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TeodoCake Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Anytime :D Awesome work!
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Stevebot-7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been scouring my brains trying to remember if I've ever seen a decent depiction of what an alchemist's traveling kit might look like, and came to the conclusion that I couldn't remember seeing one. So I google 'alchemist's kit' and this is one of the first results. Sometimes I love the internet.
This is more than decent, this is astounding, and it is exactly what I needed to find to spur me on to more alchemical love. Awesome.
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for the nice comment and :+fav:. It is always so nice to hear that you may have inspired someone even a little bit. :)
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TheDeathIsCandy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
OMG!!O . o itīs so awesome!! ^^
wish i had something like that s:
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot, and for the :+fav: too. :)

You could always make something like it? ;)
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
That is most fascinating! I think I may have seen something similar to that on the History Channel once, like a portable science lab or something... Where did you find something like that & how much did it cost you?
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CBHorseLover Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
OMG do want!!
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
Brilliant, simply put it's pure genius. Your understanding of antiquing mixed with artistic esoterica is well displayed.

Visions of steampunk, Lovecraft, and Bram stoker flutter though my mind. Very cinematic but not over the top, breathtaking!
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hinotoxin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
very beuatiful, some of those parts would make a nice smoking pipe!
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scullychan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Every alchemist needs one!
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed-- if they'd just drag their equipment around in a plastic bag, the profession just wouldn't have the same mystique. ;)
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scullychan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I know! Talk about a presence killer. And as a gold transmuting, mad scientist-like heroine you have to have presence. absolutely gorgeous work.
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Skayler Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
wow
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the comment and :+fav:. :)
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SirOgeon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   Interface Designer
Wow! That's so awesomely beutiful! :D I would really like one of those. Great and most skilled work!
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ZombieArmadillo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much for the comment and :+fav:, I'm very glad you like it! :boogie: (And sorry for taking so long to answer; university has been eating my life lately.)

God fortsättning och gott nytt decennium! :)
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SirOgeon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009   Interface Designer
No problem. :D I'm experiencing the same thing, myself.

God fortsättning på dig med. :)
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