Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Wild Teasel

The Wild Teasel (Dipsacus Fullonium) has a formation of sessile leaves in which water is trapped. In the old times it was used for eyewash (don't try this at home). It is these cups that make me think of the Wild Teasel as possible ID for the plant drawing on the right side of f43v of the Voynich manuscript (Beinecke 408).

1 comment:

  1. Not necessarily the first use of the "teasel". Wool weavers would use teasels as part of the "fulling" process to create heavy wool textiles where the warp and weft threads would be matted. Somewhat a different system from the "hatters" trade. (The hat-makers had a very much more dangerous method of fulling.)

    Give me an inch -- and I'll take a mile! Later, kiddo!