The signatures on fol. 66v and fol. 86v of the Voynich manuscript appear to be written by the same person. Both are unreadable so speculations about them are pointless. True VMs researcher, however, cannot be stopped from speculating, no matter how pointless the exercise is - so here we go...
The second signature seems to be decorated with a pie-chart - the kind that was used to represent the world in medieval times. In this example from c.1400 the world is shown as half part water, quarter of earth and quarter of air.
There is no way to know if the signatures were already on the parchment at the time the VMs was in Prague, but it is fun to imagine that the 'pyramid' signature inspired the remarks by Jiří Bareš (in his letter to Athansius Kircher - read here ) that the author of the VMs went to the Orient to learn about Egyptian medicine.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The inner circle of the March rosette in the Voynich manuscript gives us second example of a guy with split beard.
In the 15th century, beards were once again routinely worn by nobelmen and elders to signify importance, dignity, and advanced age. They were curled with lead iron, parted at the chin, and plastered into submission.Below are few 15th century examples.