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Barrel-Shaped Jug with a Fox and a Cockerel

late 13th century
Made in Saintonge, France
Glazed earthenware
8 11/16 × 6 3/4 × 4 7/8 in. (22.1 × 17.2 × 12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
This thin-walled barrel-shaped jug is decorated with a jaunty cockerel on one side and a goose-stepping fox on the other. Further whimsy is brought to the fox with his looped and upright tail. Both figures are outlined with incised lines and colored with a brick-red glaze. The Saintonge region of south-western France has had a long history of making pottery. Large numbers of these jugs were exported to London in association with the wine trade.
[ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (sold 2015)
Mellor, Maureen. Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages. London: Sam Fogg Ltd., 2014. no. 9, pp. 38–39.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Forty-Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 145 (2015). p. 54.

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