Friday, January 15, 2016

The Voynich Manuscript: the Babenberg Family Tree

Among the simple joys of studying  the Voynich manuscript is researching castles, flowers, old books and... fashion.  Let' take a closer look at the VMs women headdresses. Probably the most weird is the one that looks like a roll on top their heads.

The closest I could find are couple of ladies from the Babenberg Family Tree triptych made around 1490 in the workshop of Hans Part for the Klosterneuburg Monastery, just north of Vienna.

The first example is with what looks like half roundel decorated with round pins at the ends with braided hair down.

The second one is with hair up and accessories hanging from the pins.

The hair roll appears to be trendy at about the same time - around 1490 - in Milan too. The example is from the Sforza Hours (BL Add. 62997)


The Babenberg family tree also features braided hairdo typical for the second half of 15th century Germany.

There are also some examples of fashion that was more widely spread in 15th century Europe - like veil over buns.

Some hoods...

Band with hair down...

At the same time (c 1490) the Bern Munster portal got its fabulous sculptures - including those representing the wise and the foolish virgins with their oil lamps. One of them has a big green hat...

  Similar hats can be found also in Germany in the first half of 15th century.

Back to Bern... some interesting headgear...

Renaissance Italy has a lot of nice examples of hair jewelry.

Moving to France... end of 15th century... we find jeweled coifs and the origin of the French hood made famous in the 16th century by Anne Boleyn...




Some pointy headdresses from the 2nd half of 15th century...

As always, these are just subjective interpretations, not facts in any way.