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  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (probable, made)

  • Date:

    1300-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Countess of London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10a, The Françoise and Georges Selz Gallery, case 3

This copper alloy jug on three supporting feet is typical of this type of vessel in having an animal-head, probably a dragon, as its spout. Most surviving examples of this design date from the late 13th to the 15th centuries and were probably made in Flanders, but some were undoubtedly made in other metalworking centres in Europe, such as London or Nuremberg. These jugs were probably used for water, or ale.

Physical description

Copper alloy, cast in the form of a hollow rounded body with three solid legs, one a later replacement ; a dragon-head spout and plain bow handle.

Place of Origin

Flanders (probable, made)


1300-1400 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy


Height: 22 cm, Width: 13.2 cm, Depth: 18.8 cm, Weight: 1.64 kg

Object history note

This was found in a disused well at Ashby-de-la-Zouch castle in 1937.The well had probably been disused since the building of an adjoining tower in 1476.

Descriptive line

Bronze ewer with rounded body, three legs and a dragon-head spout, Flemish, 14th century


Copper alloy

Subjects depicted





Metalwork Collection

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