Large Stoneware Jug

A beautiful household object dating from around c.1550 .

Tudor household objects like this stoneware jug take on a special significance when you realise they offer a glimpse into Shakespeare’s world. Such jugs might well have been used within his home.

This jug has the rounded bulbous body, short neck, looped handle and bearded man decoration typical of the style known as ‘Bartmannkrug’ or ‘Bearded man jug’.  Other raised decorations commonly used on these jugs in addition to the bearded man, include medallions, rosettes, foliage, or coats of arms. 

Jugs like this were mainly imported from Germany and were used as general storage containers.  A beautiful, ornate example like this one would have been found in a fairly wealthy household.