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alembic

an obsolete type of retort used for distillation
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A small figure - a centaur, scorpion, or small demon - often sprouts from the vases, the alembics, the eggs, or drops, which are made out of white resin, a visually lighter and more phantasmagorical material than bronze.
A copper alembic column still is used for steam distillation.
The elements merge in an alchemic abyss: the alembic of the camera, handheld and therefore personal, motivated - dramatically moved - by eccentric impulsivity and curiosity.