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Re: VMs: Similar Plant VMS and The Herbal of Dioscorides Pedanius
This is a good example of the complexities of making a match between a plant
drawing and a plant as it exits in vivo.
While mandragora does seem to appear in the VMs
f100r: (second row, plant sprig on the right)
I am not swayed to consider f17r as a correlation to mandragora. There are,
however, examples of faces drawn in the roots of plants seen in the VMs.
f89r1: (bottom middle of second folio)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rene Zandbergen" <r_zandbergen@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: VMs: Similar Plant VMS and The Herbal of Dioscorides Pedanius
> --- Koontz John E <John.Koontz@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > It kind of reminds me of something,
> > too, though I'm not sure what. A large allium? But
> > not the leaves. A large fritillary?
> > Anyway, I suppose you want a plant that has the
> > association of involving
> > an underground being, e.g., a mandrake,
> > [...]
> > A mandrake would be labeled, one would assume,
> > mandragora or something like that.
> That's what it seems to say in Greek (left and
> right of the stem).
> Note that this herbal, according to the description,
> is from the 15th C, but written on paper.
> Cheers, Rene
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