Catalog No. 26
Stoneware, relief, 4.0L, 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.
The coat-of-arms belonged to Charles the Great (or Charlemagne), portrayed on the rear of the jug (detail, below right), who was King of the Franks from 768 and the first Holy Roman Emperor from 800 until his death in 814. His kingdom incorporated much of Western and Central Europe.
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 stein depicting Scrollwork with Saying.
Price Range: $200-$300