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Diagram Of Jacob, His Wives, And Their Children

Diagram Of Jacob, His Wives, And Their Children

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Harley MS 2373

Item number: f.14v

Length: 22.7

Width: 15.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This diagram represents the Old Testament patriarch Jacob, his wives, their maidens, and all their children (cf. Genesis 30). The five green roundels are marked with their roles (maiden, wife, husband, wife, maiden), their names (Zelpha, Lia, Jacob, Rachel, Bala), and what they represent (sensuality, affection, God, reason, imagination). Below these roundels, at right-angles, are listed their respective sons, and what they represent (Asrer, patience; Gad, abstinence; etc.)

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