Jug with bearded face, Germany

Jug with bearded face, Germany

Jug with bearded face
Germany, Cologne
About 1550
Salt-glazed stoneware, with relief-moulded decoration and iron wash
Museum no. 112-1908

The earliest European stoneware was produced in the Rhineland in 1300-50, having developed separately from the East Asian tradition. After 1400, potters learned to throw salt into the kiln to create a tight-fitting glaze. Salt-glazed stonewares became very popular and were widely exported.

This type of jug is called a Bartmann ('beard man') in German, a reference to the bearded face on the neck.