Medieval Art: The Exeter Puzzle Jug

Made in the Saintonge, western France, c. 1300, this is among the most celebrated examples of medieval pottery found in Britain. It was discovered in fragments in South Street, Exeter, in 1899. The jug shows a tower in which are two bishops (with croziers); young ladies disport themselves from its windows and musicians play below. The scene pokes fun at the morals of the medieval clergy.

For a 360 degree look at this fascinating object, click the link below. On the right sidebar of the Exeter page is a blue box with the words “spin the Exeter puzzle jug”: link


One thought on “Medieval Art: The Exeter Puzzle Jug

  1. That’s an elaborate ancestor to the trick cup my
    brother got me to drink out of. The holes were
    very small and inside the etched leaves at the
    brim of the cup. Made for some pretty big laughs.

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