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Science, and particularly geometry and astronomy/astrology, was linked directly to the divine for most medieval scholars. The compass in this 13th century manuscript is a symbol of God's act of Creation. God has created the universe after geometric and harmonic principles, to seek these principles was therefore to seek and worship God.
Title: God as Architect/Builder/Geometer/Craftsman
From: The Frontispiece of Bible Moralisee
Date: mid-13th C.
Codex Vindobonensis 2554 (French, ca. 1250), in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.
Originally posted by benrl
To me it looks like creating an expanding sphere of space, much like the ballon analogy for the universe.
As for how it was depicted, artistic license?, Good guess?, divine revelation? not sure you can get an answer on that.
Also I don't see why you mention the first two instances, and how they relate to the codex exactly, are you are suggesting that the church wouldn't allow such depictions?
Originally posted by GoneGrey
The impression of a fractal also occurred to me. The image also bears a resemblance to an amethyst geode.
Originally posted by Danbones
the knowledge was supressed
the library of alexandria was burned by xians for a reason
as was all the books of the aztec to ecxept for I think 5 that they missed.