Edith Sherwood Ph.D.

Voynich Manuscript: was the author left-handed?

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Figure 2 - Italian Sun and Moon

Sun and moon symbols are not African in origin. Bassani and Fagg suggested that they may have been copied from a drawing in Liber Chronicarum, first published in 1493 (Figure 2). On a recent trip to Italy, I found that these icons are popular in Southern Italy, however all the moons had crescent shaped faces resembling the moon shown in Figure 2 and not round faced like the moon on the horn or on the folio 68r1 drawing. The use of these symbols in Italy date back over two thousand years to Greek and Roman mythology. The sun represented Apollo and the moon Diana.

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