Peut un St Antoine peut en cacher un autre?
If a chicken can be a dove, or an egg a mistletoe berry, why not blend as many saints together until the right mixture is achieved? There don't seem to be many hard-and-fast rules to this guessing game as it is.
Isn't it strange that whether you choose dove, egg or mistletoe berry, the final meaning is the same. Do you think that is just a coincidence?
Remember, we didn't arrive at chicken = mistloetoe berry by noticing that the chicken could be taken to look like a mistletoe berry, we deduced it from the overall meaning of what we had noticed at that time. The realisation that Teniers' chicken could also look like a mistletoe berry came later, at least it did for me.
Yes...The Dove holds the sacred deposit.
From the appearance of the various paintings, the dove isn't holding the sacred deposit. He's losing it in the water jug.
"He's losing it in the water jug" is a valid interpretation to put on a list of possible interpretations for that small part of the overall picture. Then where does it take you? Have you worked it out? It ends in a dead end - like all the other part interpretations that have been done over the years. Someone has seen something and they jump in and bend what they can to make it seem to fit the little bit they think they have interpreted correctly. We have all seen it.
There is a complete interpretation on the table that answers perfectly all aspects of the parchment clue while perfectly interpreting the hidden meaning of the two paintings - with some surprises that even seem to leak over into real life.
We are looking for things that add to the interpretation without adding bits that are not in the paintings.
We should also think about how the interpretation relates to real life.
The one presented certainly will do once the other clues are sorted out.