About this object

Cultural context

functional; decorative

Iconographic meaning

The “Green Man” is believed to represent the seasonal cycle of growth each spring. He is holding a plant and is standing on either side of a formal garden. The lid is inscribed with E.L.R. 1748. Master Johann Jacob Wunderlich, the maker of this tankard, worked at the Erfurt factory from 1730 to 1751.

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Physical description

White cylindrical earthenware tankard on ring pewter mount, loop handle, flat pewter lid dated "1748", fluted sides, and rim mount, hinged at handle top. On body is painting of two nude men with leaf coverings. Between them is a formal garden with fountain and castle.