Image 02


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Image 2

 

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The pattern on the forehead of the mask shows a map of the Charleston, South Carolina area. The Charleston peninsula is visible in the middle, with Drum Island beside it.  Most of the major waterways are shown.

 

The narrow arch shown at the tip of the peninsula could be a representation of the major streets in that area.


The bend in the pine branch near the pear could represent the bend in Route 703 (Coleman Blvd) as it passes through Mt. Pleasant just east of Charleston.  To the southwest of this bend is Patriots Point, which is one of two departure points for ferries to Fort Sumter.

 

Prior to its demolition in 2005, the Silas N. Pearman Bridge would have connected at the upper left corner of this map, where Route 703 splits in half to form the on-ramp and off-ramp for the bridge.  The bridge passed over Drum Island and connected to the Charleston peninsula.


The hanging object with a long, thin nose like a flagpole appears to be a representation of Fort Sumter, which has a distinctive five-sided shape.  The military connection might explain the star and stripes.

 

  The two lines that go to the "nose" of the pendant may represent the two ferry routes that serve the island, leaving from Liberty Square in Charleston and Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.

 

  Note that the shadow from the nose (or flagpole) of the pendant ends in a white point.  This might be a hint that we should focus our attention on White Point Garden, a park in downtown Charleston.

 
On a map of Charleston oriented due north, the shape of a strip of fabric on the woman's top is a match to the outline of the shape of White Point Garden. 

Two of the dots on the butterfly's wings are dark rings with white centers.  A similar color pattern can be found in White Point Garden, where the cannons are painted black and the barrels are filled with white plaster.

 

These cannons could be the "arms extended" that are mentioned in Verse 6.


Charleston - White Point Garden: Seven-inch banded Brooks rifle

A line in Verse 6 mentions the "long palm's shadow."  The dual meaning of "palm" appears to be emphasized in this image by the crossed palms of the woman's hands that form the shadow of a palm tree on her chest.  (Click on image for close-up.)

 

 

The palm shape in Image 2 and the mention of "palm" in Verse 6 could both just be general hints toward South Carolina.  According to Wikipedia, "The palmetto has been a symbol for South Carolina since the American Revolutionary War when it was used to build a fort on Sullivan's Island that withstood British attack. The palmetto tree appears on the first symbol of the state, the seal created in 1777. It was officially named the state tree in 1939.  It is a very popular state symbol." The South Carolina state flag (shown at right) also features a single palmetto under a crescent moon. 

 

Alternatively, the palm references could be a hint toward a specific palm tree in or near White Point Garden.

There appears to be a Christian cross in the lion's mane. This could represent Church Street, which ends at White Point Garden.  To see the arrangement of streets in the area, visit our White Point Garden landmarks page.
 

The diamond in the lower right corner appears to have some white lettering.  Possibilities include 75, 7S, TS, and 32 (if turned upside down).

 

The jewel also has two white triangles that don't seem to match the pattern of that facets.  (That is, the tips of those two white triangles do not point in toward the center.)  The triangles could be a hint toward the triangular Hobson monument at the corner of Murray and King in White Point Garden.  (See our White Point Garden Landmarks page for more information.) 

 

It's possible, in fact, that the whole jewel is meant to be a map corresponding to the rectangular map of White Point Garden.  If the larger of the two triangles represents the Hobson monument (#25 on the map at right) then the smaller narrower triangle appears to be pointing at a spot just a little bit inwards from the right edge of the rectangle.  That spot would correspond with a location just slightly west of the Maine capstan monument (#8 on the map at right) as proposed on the Image 2 Verse 6 Solution page.

 

The "birthmark" on the forehead of the lion is almost certainly significant, but no one has managed to find a solid match for the outline so far.

 

The light/dark contrast forming the shapes seems very similar to the relief sculptures on the base of the Fort Sumter monument in White Point Garden.


 

 

Latitude / Longitude Hints

There's a "33" in the lion's mane at middle-left.
 

Rotated for clarity:

This number initially appears to be a "36," but it could possibly be a "32" with the "2" turned upside-down.  There also seems to be a "5" formed using the upper part of the "3," and to the left of that there is either a "+" or a "4."  This is (obviously) a difficult number to interpret.

 
There's an upside-down "79" close to the lion's whiskers.
Rotated for clarity:
There's an "80" to the right of the lion's eyes.  
The tip of the Charleston peninsula is located at 32.8 degrees north and 79.9 degrees west.  A range of 79 to 80 degrees for longitude would make sense, but 33 degrees only begins around 20 miles further north and 36 degrees would put one up around the middle of North Carolina.  It therefore seems more likely that the "36" is actually a "32" with the second digit turned upside-down.  That would create a range of 32 to 33 degrees of latitude, which works for Charleston.  The upside-down "2" may have some other significance in the puzzle.

 

 

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