Bottles or jars (<em>kruken</em>) of this type of six-sided form are most often associated with the ceramic tradition found in Kreussen (now Creussen) in the Bavarian region of Germany during the mid to late 1600s. With a threaded neck fitted with a pewter screw top and ring, they were ideal vessels for medicinal liquids as they could be easily connected to a belt for transport to the patient. Applied decoration depicting the twelve apostles, as on this example, allude to the spiritual nature of healing.

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  • Title: Bottle (Schraubflasche)
  • Date Created: c. 1660-80
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1918.327.a
  • Medium: salt-glazed stoneware, applied and impressed decoration
  • Fun Fact: The applied decoration on this bottle depicts the twelve apostles.
  • Department: Decorative Art and Design
  • Culture: Germany, Bavaria, Kreussen
  • Credit Line: Gift of Charles G. King, Jr.
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession Number: 1918.327.a

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