Catalog No. 39
Stoneware, relief, 3.0L, 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 depicted coat-of-arms (detail below right), dated 1580, was a heraldic symbol of what was then the Duchy of Pomerania, occupying territory that today straddles the border between Germany and Poland. Itís not unlikely that the original jug was created in honor of the birth of Bogislaw XIV (1580-1637), the last Duke of Pomerania.
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: $200-$300