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Re: Filled-in loops
> Steve Ekwall has pointed out that, for two of the four instances of this
> character on that ring, the central loop appears deliberately filled in.
After playing around with zoom & gamma correction (taking the scans
from the Beinecke site as a basis), I am pretty much convinced that the
loops are *not* filled in (the area in the center of the loops is still
than the surrounding line) :(
OK... if they're not filled in, are they instead *coloured in*? They do
seem to be emphasised in some way, but I too have only ever seen monochrome
images of this. :-(((
Nevertheless, I think the main purpose of the "elaborated" Cancer symbol
is to avoid making the resemblances too obvious - the same goes for
the Jupiter symbol.
Luke Andrews warned that we would be likely to see "tortuous graphic
etymology", especially with respect to a cyphertext - and this is likely to
be merely one example (of many). :-/
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: while searching for Agrippa's fixed star symbols mentioned by Luke, I
stumbled across a very good site devoted to Agrippa (though IE5.5 warned of
His fixed star signs: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7850/_chrpl2.gif
However, I don't see a lot of common ground between these and the VMS. :-(