This page discusses Voynich f85r2, setting out some interesting ideas proposed by Marco Ponzi on this website. To start with, here is the Voynich illustration, with a detail:
Marco comments as follows: “I think that page represents the four seasons and shares the same orientation that we are considering for 69r: Spring at the top, with Summer, Autumn and Winter following counter-clock wise.
I base this hypothesis on a few analogues.
This early 14th century illumination has a different orientation, but presents a similar general organization of the four seasons:
Another similar illustration (9th Century):
In this illustration Spring holds flowers and Summer holds wheat spikes:
This possibly alludes both to harvest time and to the star of Spica in the hand of the Virgo constellation:
Here is another allegory of Summer with wheat spikes:
So I think that [in the Voynich image] the figure on the left in f82r2 (holding a spike) is Summer.
The figure at the top is the most lightly dressed of all: I guess it is Springtime.
The figure on the right (holding a spherical artifact) is Winter, holding a spherical hand warmer like this one:
Winter is commonly represented with a hand warmer:
Also note that Winter is the only one who is not bareheaded.
The figure at the bottom should be Autumn (but his/her attributes, a staff and a rope? are not clear to me).”
Thanks a lot Marco – it looks very convincing to me. Any comments from anyone?
- Posted in: Voynich stars