"The Magic Flute" - Bro. Alberti and the Frontispiece of the Libretto on the Occasion of the First Performance in the Year 1791 (Page 8).

Obelisk partial view, stork, snakes

With a little bit of fantasy we can see a "sunwheel" formed by two snakes entangled into each other to the left at the bottom of the obelisk. Should they be a hint to the "sun circle", lost by the queen of the night, now kept by Sarastro? In the antique the illustration of the stork was a symbol of careful love of the children to their parents. Does it reflect the love of Pamina to her mother? With a little bit of fantasy, we can recognize in the worm kept in the beak of the stork a key, which is the symbol of discretion. The key is also the symbol of language, which is one of the essential elements of mankind. Silence is the first of the examinations, Tamino and Papageno have to undergo during act two, scene three of the opera:


A salutary silence is imposed by the gods on you too, prince;
without it you two are lost. You shall
see Pamina, but never be allowed to talk
to her; this is the beginning of your time of trial.

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