Bearded Man Jug with Roses

Catalog No. 38

Stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.

This is an early 20th interpretation of a Renaissance form first introduced around 1550. Bearded man jugs (Bartmannkr�ge) feature 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 roses decorating this example were symbolic of the House of Habsburg, one of the most important royal families in Europe and the source of Holy Roman Emperors from 1438 through 1740.

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 Trumpeters with Saying.

Price Range: $125-$175

RM 38
RM 38

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