Dark grey stoneware tankard: mid 16th century
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Small Brown stoneware jug with moulded decoration of a man wearing a cloak. Around him are flowers and trees. This small dark salt-glazed stoneware tankard or 'pinte' was probably made in the Maximinenstrasse pottery near Cologne cathedral. The vessel has applied panels in low-relief depicting scenes from the Bible story of Dives and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). The handle is a modern replacement. Specialist craftsmen were employed by the workshop to engrave the moulds for the applied decoration. They used contemporary prints and pattern-books for their source material. Bible illustrations and images from emblem books with a strong moral message were particularly popular and a number of vessels with Biblical scenes have been recovered from 16th century contexts in London.
1525 AD - 1550 AD