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Ink (alchemy)

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In alchemy and early chemistry, this symbol represented ink.

Specifically this symbol refers to Atramentum, or Iron Gall ink, Ferrous Tannate &Gallate, a formulation of an Iron salt, usually from Green Vitriol (Iron Sulfate) and Gallic Acid from Oak Gall, thickened with Gum Arabic and sometimes colored with a pigment. The ink produced is waterproof, penetrates the parchment, and is difficult to erase, but acidic, and degrades paper.


Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Alchemical Symbols.

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