Friday, November 29, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Boat Root

MS Palatino 586 in Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale is 14th-15th century manuscript written in Provencal ( visit here ). Few details caught my eye. Some very 'Voynichese' berries are seen here.

Palatino 586 has the first example I've seen of herbal depicting a boat-root. So the plant on fol. 43r of the VMs is not 'sailing' alone anymore.

The plant drawing under the 'boat root' one in Palatino 586 has similarities with the drawing on fol. 45r of the VMs. The root in Palatino 586 may represent gamekeeper - which I've seen as a variation of a common name for cow-wheat (quail-wheat in German),  Melampyrum. I used for illustration Melampyrum arvense.

Distant possibility of 'elephant root' here

Some female creatures here and there

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: the Nymphs of Elihu Vedder

Elihu Vedder is an American artist who spent his late years living in Rome. His painting The Pleiades is inscribed: Rome, 1885. The nymphs being pulled towards the stars remind of the women in the Voynich Manuscript, which in 1885 was reportedly just few miles away from Vedder - in Frascati.