Creamy clay drinking jug: 14th century
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Small, narrow drinking jug made from creamy clay. It has a ribbed surface and a frilled base. The first true stoneware from the German Rhineland appeared in the early 1300s. The special qualities of this new impermeable material proved extremely popular, and the potteries of Siegburg were among the first to exploit the new market. At first, Siegburg stoneware was plain and utilitarian but, as demand grew, the vessels began to be decorated with conspicuous turned bands, thumbed bases and occasionally applied 'prunts', knobbly roundels. This 'jacobakannen' drinking jug is a classic product of the 1400s, and thousands were imported into London. By the early 1500s, decorated vessels with relief-moulded panels or medallions became popular.
1370 AD - 1500 AD