SILVER FLAGON WITH DELICATELY ENGRAVED SCENES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. Presumably Gdansk. Ca. 2nd third of the 17th century. Probably Jakob Hermann II. Silver, partial and interior gilding. On high-domed, repeatedly receeding round foot, a smooth cylindric side. The high domed hinged lid with finial-like, strongly receeding top. On the side three most delicately engraved catouches in gristle-style framing. Inside episodes from the Old Testament: 'Sale of the Right of Primogeniture to Jacob' (1 Moses 25,27-34) at the centre, to the right 'Isaac blessing Jacob' (1 Moses 27, 1-29), and to the left 'Jacob and Rahel by the well' (1 Moses 29,1-13). Ca. 774 g. Height 23.5 cm. Marks: Without mark, indistinct maker's mark IH (?) (probably for Jakob Herman II, since 1603, Czihak, West Prussia no.264). Condition B. Provenance: Westphalian private collection. The depictions from the Old Testament on the side of the tankard were made after biblical graphic print illustrations by Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650). Beginning in 1627, he initially published them in the form of booklets, as an illustrated Bible with verses. The complete, so-called 'Merian Bible' with the text translated by Martin Luther, was printed and published in 1630 by Lazarus Zetzner Erben in Strasbourg.