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Tuesday 29 December 2020

Harmen Jansz. Muller’s engraving, “Tamar Shows the Staff and Ring of Judah”, c1566, after Maarten van Heenskerck

Harmen Jansz. Muller (1540–1617)

“Tamar Shows the Staff and Ring of Judah” (aka “Tamar toont de staf en ring van Juda”; “Tamar Brought to Execution, Showing Judah's Pledge”), c1566 (1564–1568), after a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck (aka Maarten van Veen; Martin Heemskerk) (1498–1574), plate 3 from the series of 4 engravings, “History of Judah and Tamar”, possibly published by Claes Jansz. Visscher II (1586–1652) in Amsterdam.

Wikipedia offers details of the publication of this print in its first state:,_elegantissimis_imaginibus_expressum_excellentissimorum_in_hac_arte,_RP-P-1995-25-56.jpg

Engraving on fine laid paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 27.8 x 29.2 cm; (plate) 21.3 x 25.4 cm; (image borderline) 19.8 x 25 cm.

Numbered and inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “3”; (lower right of centre) “MHeemskerck In. [MH interlaced]”

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: “VINCTA VENIT FLAMMIS IAM IAM TRADENDA PARATIS HVIVS AIT NATOS PARIAM QVI HIS VTITVR ARMIS / Genesis 38.24.”

State ii (of ii)

New Hollstein Dutch 7-2(2) (Harmen Jansz. Muller); New Hollstein Dutch 41-2(2) (Maarten van Heemskerck).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

“Judah kindles a fire to burn his daughter-in-law Tamar. He wants to punish her for acting like a whore and getting pregnant because of it. However, Tamar shows him his staff and signet ring, proving that he made her pregnant. After that, Judah admits that he is guilty and Tamar is not. At the bottom in the margin a verse in Latin”


Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with a hand-written inscription by an old hand in faded brown ink in the lower margin and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a closed tear in the lower margin and a few minor stains, the sheet is in a very good condition for its considerable age.

I am selling this arresting image of a fire being prepared by Judah (shown on the left) to incinerate his daughter-in-law, Tamar (shown on the right holding a staff in one hand and ring in the other), for being unfaithful to her husband—of course, Judah is mistaken and is about to discover that he had (shockingly) slept with his daughter-in-law after mistaking her for a prostitute—for AU$288 (currently US$218.88/EUR178.61/GBP162.09 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this Renaissance period engraving of superb quality, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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