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.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Exeter archaeology
Common Name
Exeter puzzle jug
Simple Name
Full Name
Exeter puzzle jug
whole H 465 mm; whole TH 225 mm; whole W 290 mm
Period Classification
Medieval (1200-1500)
Production Date
Family Group

pottery; Saintonge
Collection Site Name
South Street
Collection Town
Collection County
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent

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