Nov 2009
Posted in Blog, Mnemosyne by arbor inversa at 03:42 am | No Comments »

The most of plants shown in the Voynich manuscript are suspected their actuality. A number of occult lovers have  trasted it must be the botanical report from spitit world or unknown planet. However the purpose of discription might be unrialistic here from the start. It might be an excellent fake which was planned by John Dee and Edward Kelly to get on the gravy from Holly Roman Emperor Rudolph II who was very famous as  the maniac of alchemy and "wunderkammer". Or it might be a manuscript of lovely fantasy that was written by unkown fanatic mistics.

That may or may not be true any more, despite the purpose of creation, I'm very impressed by the image of  plants which were depicted here, for its free-spirited vitality and the tremendous unreality. Of course, there is nothing to be surprised very much in imagination of this author, as we know there had been many people who could see such a true nature of growning plants and put it in figures since the ancient time. We will look and find such a genious even in the common decor pattern.
However the authour of the Voynich manuscript accomplished a remarkable feat to make an extraordinal garden on the special place, pages of a book, and to keep the exuberance of strange plants forever, by use of expository text which was written in uundeciphered language. Those antic drawings in the king of rear books who never want to be read and understood seems to burst into laughing at the realism of surface.




































"Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript—named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912—are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings of a provincial but lively character, drawn in ink with vibrant washes in various shades of green, brown, yellow, blue, and red.

Based on the subject matter of the drawings, the contents of the manuscript falls into six sections: 1) botanicals containing drawings of 113 unidentified plant species; 2) astronomical and astrological drawings including astral charts with radiating circles, suns and moons, Zodiac symbols such as fish (Pisces), a bull (Taurus), and an archer (Sagittarius), nude females emerging from pipes or chimneys, and courtly figures; 3) a biological section containing a myriad of drawings of miniature female nudes, most with swelled abdomens, immersed or wading in fluids and oddly interacting with interconnecting tubes and capsules; 4) an elaborate array of nine cosmological medallions, many drawn across several folded folios and depicting possible geographical forms; 5) pharmaceutical drawings of over 100 different species of medicinal herbs and roots portrayed with jars or vessels in red, blue, or green, and 6) continuous pages of text, possibly recipes, with star-like flowers marking each entry in the margins."



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