Catalog No. 20
Stoneware, relief, 0.75L, 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.
The oak is the national tree of Germany, and has been a symbol of German culture since the days of the early Germanic tribes.
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.
Same model number applied to a figural Bavarian Lion.
See also Nos. 11 and 32.
Price Range: $125-$175