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Jug: C.49-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery




Cream earthenware, the lower part and interior are lead-glazed brownish-yellow; the rest is tin-glazed off-white. The tin-glaze has crazed. Painted in manganese and green.
Shape 7. Ovoid with flat base; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly towards the rim; broad strap handle; spout made from a strip of clay, folded and pressed to the neck.
On the front under the spout, a grotesque devil with a striped body, long tail and four horns on its head, faces to the left holding out one of its hands. One side of the jug bears the word `SaS' (Sanctus) in manganese, enclosed by two green lines forming a curved rectangular frame, open on the side nearest the devil. The other side bears the word `IohS' (Johannes), similarly framed.


History note: Unknown before F. Leverton Harris

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.7 cm
Width: 17.6 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Orvieto ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1350 CE


This jug was probably made for the Augustinian convent of San Giovanni in Orvieto. Two jugs from the convent, also inscribed fro San Giovanni, were acquired by the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence in 1910. Two smaller fragmentary jugs inscribed respectively 'IoH'and 'SaS' can be seen in an early twentieth-century photograph of pottery recovered from butti (rubbish pits) in Orvieto.

School or Style

maiolica arcaica

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( manganese and copper-green) lead-glaze tin-glaze
Body Diameter 14.3 cm
Base Diameter 8.9 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.49-1927
Primary reference Number: 47236
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 23 June 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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