Oct 29, 2018

Bottle (Schraubflasche)

Bottle (Schraubflasche)

c. 1660–80

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Salt-glazed stoneware, applied and impressed decoration, pewter

Overall: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

Gift of Charles G. King, Jr. 1918.327

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The applied decoration on this bottle depicts the twelve apostles.

Description

Bottles or jars (kruken) of this type of six-sided form are most often associated with the ceramic tradition found in Kreussen (now Creussen) in the Bavarian region of Germany during the mid to late 1600s. With a threaded neck fitted with a pewter screw top and ring, they were ideal vessels for medicinal liquids as they could be easily connected to a belt for transport to the patient. Applied decoration depicting the twelve apostles, as on this example, allude to the spiritual nature of healing.

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