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A medallion on an embroidered imperial robe (above the head of a dragon - not shown), with the White Hare of the Moon, at the foot of a cassia tree, making elixir of immortality; from an 18th-century embroidered Chinese emperor's robe. By an artist from the Qing emperors' court.

The elixir of life, also known as elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the philosopher's stone, is a legendary/mythical potion, or drink, that when drank from a certain cup, at a certain time, grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. Many alchemists pursued it. The elixir of life was also said to be able to create life. It is related to the myths of Thoth and Hermes Trismegistus, both of whom in various tales are said to have drunk "the white drops" (liquid gold) and thus achieved immortality. It is mentioned in one of the Nag Hammadi texts.

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