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. It�s 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.
Same model number applied to a stein depicting a Tavern Scene.
Price Range: $200-$300