Exeter puzzle jug

The Exeter puzzle jug is one of the most extraordinary pieces of medieval ceramics to have been discovered in northern Europe. The design shows two bishops at the top, young ladies and musicians. The scene points fun at the morals of the medieval clergy. It was discovered in pieces during building works in 1899 at the junction of Bear Street and South Street in Exeter. It was reconstructed by a conservator at the British Museum in the 1930s.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
1899/10/1
Category
Antiquities
Collection Class
Exeter archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Material
potterySaintonge
Common Name
Exeter puzzle jug
Simple Name
jug
Period Classification
Medieval (1200-1500)
Production Date
1300

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Exeter puzzle jug