Asemic Writing in the Waves?

Back cover illustration by Henry Holiday to Lewis Carroll’s tragicomical poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876) with a detail being rendered in four variations.

On the right side of the image you see the original patterns and three mirrored versions (vertical, horizontal, vertical + horizontal).

I don’t know whether these patterns are letters. If so, they could be asemic. If not, could it be e.g. “Anne I”? Who knows? But the patterns are distinctively different from their surrounding.

 

2017-09-08, updated 2019-03-13