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RE: VMs: Pleiades

Hi Jon,

At 13:31 12/05/2004 +0100, Jon Grove wrote:
I take the point that maybe the artist might not have cared about the true configuration of the stars, or even the true number - perhaps preferring the mythological/mystical number 7 - but in that case it could represent any constellation with roughly seven stars. I guess I'm just trying to question the generally accepted supposition that the picture must be the Pleiades because it looks like them. To me it just looks like a picture with seven stars in it.

To me, the lack of concordance with the night sky plus the [literally] seven stars point to mythological ("seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione") knowledge being encoded here, rather than observational ("this is what the Pleaides look like") knowledge. So: I think the received wisdom is that this graphic probably *denotes* the Pleiades, rather than *represents* them.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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