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pointed nose jug

Anonymous , (in 1475 - 1500)

This pointed nose jug, forerunner of the well-known Bartmann jug, features a bearded face. The man shown is playing the bagpipes with his left hand. The bagpipe player had a somewhat negative image in the late Middle Ages and was associated with fools and idiots. Illustrations of pigs playing the bagpipes, which can be found in the margins of late mediaeval miniatures, but also in the shape of pewter insignias, have been interpreted as symbols of lust. A bagpipe player depicted on a round jug for wine or beer fits in with this image tradition. Illustrations of Shrove Tuesday also regularly feature bagpipe players.


Title pointed nose jug
Material and technique Stoneware with applied relief and salt glaze
Object type Pointed nose jug
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Height : 24,7 cm
Width : 16,5 cm
Depth : 16 cm
Makers Potter: Anonymous
Accession number F 2260 (KN&V)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Coll. Van Beuningen-de Vriese 1990
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 05-12-1990
Age maker Unknown
Collector Collector / Van Beuningen-de Vriese
Exhibitions De ontdekking van het dagelijks leven - van Bosch tot Bruegel (2015)
Hand Made - Long Live Craft (2013)
External exhibitions Raerener Schätze kehren heim (2013)
Research Alma
Material Salt glaze > Glaze > Geglazuurd > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Stoneware > Ceramics > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Pointed nose jug > Jug > Holder > Kitchen and household > Utensil
Technique Applied relief > Decorative techniques > Ceramic technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe
Archeological Find Aachen > Germany > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Aachen > Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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