Medieval jug from France

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The consumption of wine and ale was an important factor in the economics of medieval England. It drove the import of wine and the production of ale, which was often brewed on a commercial basis in monasteries. It also stimulated the import and the home-based production of pottery. Wine and ale played significant roles in the social sphere, providing opportunities for display and for humorous conviviality. This selection of objects touches on all these aspects.

Jug made in Kingston-upon-Thames


Jug made in Kingston-upon-Thames; late AD 1300s. Between AD 1264 and 1266, 33,000 jugs were ordered from potters in Kingston.

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Face-jug in Grimston ware


Face-jug in Grimston ware; made in East Anglia. Grimston pottery is found along the North Sea coast, including Scotland and Scandinavia, in regions that traditionally used drinking vessels made of wood.

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Jug made in London


Jug made in London; decorated in North French style.

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English puzzle jug with a stag’s face


English puzzle jug with a stag’s face. Drink pours over the unwary drinker from the stag’s mouth.

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Spout of a jug in the form of a monk’s head

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Scene from a manuscript

Scene from a manuscript showing a monk with a jug in the monastery cellar; late AD 1200s.

Source: British Library

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Medieval jug from France