A wonderful squat bulbous form, salt glazed, stoneware jug with a wonderful Green Man face, a beautiful “tiger glaze”, 3 large medallions and cobalt decorations!
This extremely rare “Bellarmine” type jug was made circa 1690-1700 and is attributed to Raeren potters who had migrated to Westerwald and were working there during the period. Extremely rare; not actually a “Bellarmine” nor “bartmannkrug” (beard man jug) as the applied face bears no likeness to the famous Cardinal and it does not sport a beard.
The face is a representation of the mysterious “Green man“ appearing in European folklore and is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth or renaissance. In this case the “rebirth” of the Raeren potters who had migrated to Westerwald to continue their trade.
This very fine jug bears a mustached Green Man face emerging from fauna (leaves or flower petals).
The 3 medallions bear a very unusual coat of arms that appear to be 2 jackals (or highly stylized lions) in a shield below a crown, supporting a large arrow that is pointing downward. A very occultly jug!
This exceptional piece is in excellent overall condition with the usual kiln blemishes, 2 sliver flakes on the lip and a hairline under the right medallion that continues onto the base, see photos. About 7 ¼” tall x 6 ¼” wide.
A super esoteric piece of exceptional form, glaze, color and decorations with tons of character and pre-Christian symbolism!
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