f57/v – Could it be a compass reading?

Right, so we’re talking about f57v, the one with four figures in the centre of four concentric rings of text, two figures looking out, two in. The “magic circle”. See on jasondavies.com here.

f57/v - who are these old coots?
f57/v – who are these old coots?

Nick Pelling has an excellent analysis here on his site where he wonders if it could be a nocturnal astrolabe, a nighttime astronomy aid.

I´ve slightly modified his theory.

I think it’s a compass sheet, with the four Greek gods of the secondary winds rather than the traditional “north south, east west” orientation. Read More