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Jug with the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy and the Last Judgment

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Westerwald Region, Germany, Europe

c. 1620

Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt decoration

Height: 11 7/8 inches (30.2 cm) Diameter: 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 354a, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
The Miss Elizabeth W. Lewis Collection, 1905

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In the early period of Westerwald’s stoneware production, the forms of its vessels were frequently based on architectonic baluster jugs from Raeren. Nevertheless, potters soon devised their own figurative compositions as decorations for their wares. The scenes around this jug are based on a set of prints published in Augsburg in 1600. They depict the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting prisoners, and burying the dead.

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