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 Jülich-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