Arrangement 19: Cain (Filum B)


An array of 13 roundels, sequenced in a bend. Dimensions: 5 wide by 7 tall. Liber Genealogus counterpart: section 4.

The Cain Filum (B)

The plots come from the Plutei, Amiatinus and Foigny bible manuscripts (top row) and from the San Juan bible and Roda manuscripts (bottom row). Abel is plotted here, always placed to the south-east of Adam, as it is part of the dynamics of this section. Only Foigny provides an additional roundel for Eve.

The Cain Filum (B)


Ada, seventh from Adam and wife of Lamech, is the key figure in this array. The Plutei and Amiatinus manuscripts indicate she was placed inline, although she is not a descendant. Amiatinus is probably accurate in not connecting her to her offspring. Sella, the other wife of Lamech, is simply placed inline and not distinguished in any way from Lamech's four children.

Certain commonalities are plain in these samples. Amiatinus, though amputated, derives from the same vorlage as Plutei, both having been made in Italy, probably at Monte Amiata. Both the San Juan and the Roda arrangements seem to be drawn from a common model. Foigny (which is the only one of the four Iota manuscripts to preserve connectors) places its turn at the same point as Amiatinus does.

It is assumed in the reconstruction below that the filum ought to bend at Lamech's eldest son, and that Ada's roundel should be placed in row nine, before the turn, as in the lower two examples above (and also in Fi, a Beta manuscript).

Although this section can be termed a filum, the connectors are always threaded through the roundels, and never docked alongside them in a bus pattern as happens with true filum.

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