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Subject: Re: Noah's Ark
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 20 May 2010 07:20:19 -0700

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Turning from the language to the iconography in this illustration, the  
scribe shows Noah and his sons on the left half of the upper deck and  
the "ingeanraid" (womenfolk) occupying the right half.  According to  
tradition, there were four women: Noah's wife and the wives of his  
three sons.

In the illustration we see two heads without bodies on the right, and  
what appear to the be two other heads with torsos to their left.  At  
least one of the two torsos appears to have round naked breasts, drawn  
in a rather crude schoolboy manner. If so, this may be the one and  
only depiction of such female anatomy in the Irish MS corpus.

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