She compared the leaf to similar artifacts at libraries across the country such as Harvard University, when she found a similar pattern that supported her theory the figure was not actually King Solomon, but Ecclesia.
In other leaves she found Ecclesia crowned, sitting on a throne and holding a chalice, as the figure on NIU’s leaf is depicted. The figure in the NIU leaf also has a clean-shaven face.
“I found a few leaves where men are depicted, but they are clearly men,” Wegmann-Gabb said. “As in, they have beards. If it’s a man it’s clearly a man.”
Wegmann-Gabb’s findings are contained in a paper she plans to give to Founders Memorial Library officials in hopes they will incorporate her suggestion in the accompanying materials when the artifact is added the university’s digital collection.
Lynne Thomas, the curator for rare and special collections at Founders said although it would take a while, the university would consider Wegmann-Gabb’s research on an item very little is known about.
“We would look at the evidence and there’s a chance it could be added to the description on the online finding aid,” Thomas said. “There’s no reason not to consider it.”