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Homunculus

 

according to medieval alchemists, a manlike creature that might be created artificially. In the 17th century it was thought that the homunculus was contained in the human spermatozoon and would develop into a human being if implanted in a maternal organism.

Homunculus

formless spirit of learning. [Ger. Lit.: Faust]
See: Ghost
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Perhaps it's the contrast between the artist's earlier work--drizzled surfaces distinguished by their striking metallic sheen and dazzling chromatics--and his most recent series that casts the new work as a meditation on the grimmer aspects of our cultural climate, or as emblematic of the homuncular, resistant postures we are compelled to strike therein.
29) That correspondence may be schematic and visual--the homuncular shape of mandrake comes to mind, for instance (30)--or else, as in the case of Enki's recovery in EN, a "merely" verbal one, a link discovered through the similarity of names.
When I labor, a homuncular animal named Eternity presses out, splitting my ribs but keeping the tissue of my skin together.