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Re: VMs: f52r illustration
Hi Lee Yang Yang,
At 09:39 09/07/2004 +0800, Lee Yang Yang wrote:
I'm a medical student from Singapore with a long-standing interest in the
VMs. Recently I realized that the root system of the plant featured in
f52r resembles an anatomical construct - the arterial circle of Willis. I
have uploaded a detail of the roots and the Willis here:
Searching the list archives back till 2002, I found that this is one of
the few VMs herbs to resist identification by Dana Scott :) The geometry
of f52r is highly similar to this arterial system - a loop with four
branches on the inferior surface that resemble human "limbs". This might
be a significant clue to the subject matter of f52r.
Thanks for this, very interesting! AIUI, there is a lot of debate about the
accuracy of early anatomical diagrams - for example, one book I read on
Leonardo contended that some of his famous anatomical drawings were done
partly from human cadavers, but also partly from dead cows (if we are not
distracted by the high subjective quality of his rendering style, but
instead concentrate on the anatomical details).
f52r is one of those unsettling VMs pages - its contents seem clearly
non-herbal, yet are not obviously symbolic or metaphoric either. The
quality of your suggested match with the arterial circle of Willis seems
novel, but perhaps (looking at the details) less persuasive than some of
Dana's better matches. :-)
FWIW, I think that f52r will turn out to be yet more "crypto-heraldry"...
with luck. we shall see! :-o
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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