Bearded Man Jug with Coats-of-Arms

Catalog No. 7

Stoneware, relief, 8.0L, pewter lid.

The bearded man jug (Bartmannskrug) is a form dating back to around 1550, featuring the face of a bearded man at the neck representing the mythical woodland Wild Man of Germanic folklore, a symbol of strength and endurance.

Centrally featured on this jug is the coat-of-arms of Bavaria and Pfalz dated 1596, flanked on both sides by the arms of J�lich-Kleve-Berg dated 1597. On the rear is a medallion displaying the bust of Vitellius Germanicus, emperor of Rome for eight months on the year 69 A.D., remembered today as the �Year of the Four Emperors�.

This design was copied from an actual Renaissance period piece, one of some forty-two Renaissance replicas first manufactured by Merkelbach in the early 1900s and reproduced regularly thereafter. These items were numbered 1 through 42, duplicating numbers applied to earlier Merkelbach offerings.

Price Range: $250-$350

RM 7
RM 7

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