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Jacob and Laban, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 185 x 241 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAK

Public Domain

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Jacob secretly returns to Canaan, taking his wives, children and possessions with him. Left in the background, Jacob informs his wives Leah and Rachel of their departure. Laban set off in pursuit and searches all possessions. In the foreground, Jacob and Leban are talking to each other. On the right, Rachel sits on the ground in a tent. Her father next to her asks where the teraphim or statues of the gods she stole are hidden (Gen 31:22).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Jacob and Laban, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Irriti cognatus.
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: Genesis. 31. 22.
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: 41
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 42
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAK
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2013-AAK
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/6489/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 25F24(DROMEDARY) hoofed animals: dromedary Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
33B9 flight, running away; pursuing Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41A191 tent Iconclass
42D232 elopement, running away Iconclass
44G316 escape, escape attempts Iconclass
45B the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
46C133 pack-animal Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc. Iconclass
47I2211 herd, flock Iconclass
47I228 cattle driving, cattle driver Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71C3 story of Jacob Iconclass
71C316 the partnership with Laban ~ story of Jacob (Genesis 30:25-43) Iconclass
71C318 Jacob's flight from Laban (Genesis 31:1-21) Iconclass
71C3182 Jacob informing his wives Leah and Rachel of the departure Iconclass
71C3183 while Laban shears his sheep, Jacob and his wives prepare the leave-taking; Rachel steals her father's teraphim Iconclass
71C3184 Jacob on the way to Canaan with his family, his flocks, camels and all his possessions Iconclass
71C319 Laban pursues Jacob (Genesis 31:22-55) Iconclass
71C3191 Laban is told of Jacob's flight and sets off in pursuit with his men Iconclass
71C3192 Jacob is overtaken (by Laban) Iconclass
71C3193 God appears in a dream to Laban Iconclass
71C3194 Laban searches the tents and belongings of Jacob to find the teraphim Iconclass
71C3195 Jacob and Laban make an alliance: a pile of stone is erected and an animal is sacrificed Iconclass
71C3196 Jacob and Laban parting Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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