Jugs of this kind were used to wash hands over a flat bottomed bowl. Elegantly made with an animal shaped spout, it would have been seen as a prestigious object. Marked with a crown and ‘Jehan’ on the lid, the maker probably came from the Low Countries, where similar examples can be found in paintings dating from the 1400s to the 1500s. Found during excavations at Urquhart Castle, 1912–1922, it was discovered to have a hole in the neck and a musket ball inside it. On display at Urquhart Castle, Highlands. On loan courtesy of National Museums Scotland.
216 x 153 x 121mm
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