Friday, September 6, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Funny Violet

Diane O'Donovan posted some thoughts about the letters in the petals of the violet on fol. 9v of the Voynich Manuscript. She believes the letters "should be Hebrew or another closely related script". Read her article here.

I can't comment on the script. However, I found image that is really close to the 'lettered' VMs violet. It is from the British Royal Collection and it is the Leonardo da Vinci drawing of the anatomy of the human anus.



For the record, I don't believe Leonardo is the author of the Voynich manuscript. I think the above similarity is just a hilarious coincidence. 

6 comments:

  1. Ellie - the comment about the micrographic string was not my own. I was reporting comments by Panofsky - an expert and by a contemporary specialist in palaeography.

    So strictly speaking, not my thoughts but theirs.

    Thanks for the mention, and for assuming all your readers will know my blog. I have no such confidence. :)

    So here's the link;
    http://retrovoynich.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/jewish-influence/


    Diane

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Diane, I posted the link to your blog already. Just click on the word 'here' in the sentence 'Read her article here'. However, I don't mind you posting the link again, in case somebody missed it in my post.

    All the best! Ellie

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ellie, I finally remembered to actually follow your blog rather than just pop in and admire your ideas. Kudos!
    Regards,
    CLH

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks CLH! The blog is full with speculations, but I hope you will have fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ellie, Diane: Have either of you been able to keep up with my galloping from one puzzle to another? So, my "hunch" is that when one sees very fine letters/words/numbers inside the various plant drawings, those figures are instructions for the "colorist" as to what colors to paint the various sketches. Somewhat along the same idea, are various items which appear in the "pharma" and "recipe" pages. Not too long ago Nick posted a comparison of two plants which various parts ended up in the section where one sees the "pharmaceutical jars" with commentary on their sides. It is complicated, but Diane may be able to recall that particular discussion, which I apparently was the only person to respond to Nick.
    In a similar vein (as far as coloring the various folios): several weeks ago, somewhere on Nick's pages, I commented on the eccentric labeling and reversed coloring which appeared on one folio which had a large white-veined leaf which had been colored green. The smaller three-leaved plant was colored red. I commented that the larger leaf should have been colored red, because it was a leaf of radichio. I mentioned that the smaller plant should have been colored green, because it was cilantro. What confirmed my identification of the two plants was the discussion which occurred with each.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ellie, Diane: Have either of you been able to keep up with my galloping from one puzzle to another? So, my "hunch" is that when one sees very fine letters/words/numbers inside the various plant drawings, those figures are instructions for the "colorist" as to what colors to paint the various sketches. Somewhat along the same idea, are various items which appear in the "pharma" and "recipe" pages. Not too long ago Nick posted a comparison of two plants which various parts ended up in the section where one sees the "pharmaceutical jars" with commentary on their sides. It is complicated, but Diane may be able to recall that particular discussion, which I apparently was the only person to respond to Nick.
    In a similar vein (as far as coloring the various folios): several weeks ago, somewhere on Nick's pages, I commented on the eccentric labeling and reversed coloring which appeared on one folio which had a large white-veined leaf which had been colored green. The smaller three-leaved plant was colored red. I commented that the larger leaf should have been colored red, because it was a leaf of radichio. I mentioned that the smaller plant should have been colored green, because it was cilantro. What confirmed my identification of the two plants was the discussion which occurred with each.

    ReplyDelete