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Baluster Jug

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1952A565
Collection:Antiquities - Mediaeval
Date:1300 - 1400


Jugs were very common in every house in the Middle Ages. They were used to carry and pour drinks like wine and ale and to carry water for cooking and cleaning.This type of jug is called a baluster jug, because it is shaped like a baluster in a balustrade. If you look closely you can see that the potter has added small rosettes to the body of the pot. The green colour was created by adding ground up copper to the lead glaze.

Purchased from C F Campion.

Further Information

Production Period:Mediaeval
Place of Origin:Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Place of Excavation:Clinton Street kiln
Nottingham, England


Height:370 mm
Width:210 mm