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tankard

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,1002.13

  • Description

    Tankard; stoneware; glazed; brown; domed pewter lid, with marks, and thumb-piece; long cylindrical neck, banded with moulded frieze showing two females, with scrolling foliated tails containing hidden masks and holding between them a framed profile head; tankard's bulbous body has incised linear decoration, top and bottom and round centre a frieze with dancing peasants, legend and date.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1576
  • Production place

    • Made in: Raeren
    • (Europe,Belgium,Wallonie,Liège (province),Raeren (Liège))
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27.8 centimetres (with lid)
    • Diameter: 8.8 centimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        lid
      • Inscription Content

        IE
      • Inscription Comment

        At top of a shield.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        body
      • Inscription Content

        1576
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        body
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • Inscription Content

        IAN ROIIT HOOT CLAESSAICHICHTSIM HANNE LIS FAESVANSEEII IAII TREET SAECHE PIIcE WVIT LIPPEN DOER DORSSCHER IAN
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1981,1002.13

  • Additional IDs

    • 156 (Thomas Collection)

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