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Bellarmine jug made in Frechen, Germany, mid-1500sBellarmine jug made in Frechen, Germany, mid-1500s

This jug—decorated with a bearded face, a popular Frechen motif—is from a large collection of northern European plates, jugs, and other utilitarian stoneware presented to the Smithsonian in 1959 by Wiley T. Buchanan Jr., former ambassador to Luxembourg. At the time archaeologists were discovering remnants of similar jugs in colonial American sites such as Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Marlborough, Virginia.

See also: Ceramics

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