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Realgar (alternate #1) or Litharge

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One of several alchemical symbols for realgar as well as one for litharge.

Realgar is a a ruby-red paste compounded of sulphur and arsenic. It is used in the production of glass, small shot, signal lights, grounding paint for ships' hulls, etc. It was a substance that alchemists worked with continuously during the Middle Ages.

This particular version of the symbol is also used to indicate litharge, a protoxide of lead that is used used in the manufacture of glass, enamel, varnishes, paints and insecticides.


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Asymmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Alchemical Symbols.

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