Tankard with a design motif which migrated north from the Mediterranean area - Norwegian Metalworking
  • Date 1753
  • Place of Origin Kristiansand, Vest-Adger, Norway
  • Creator Baard Bonsach

This tankard, made in 1753 by Baard Bonsach in Kristiansand, is Norwegian in its shape and international in its decoration. The spout includes a cast head of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, and the cup rests on lion and glove feet, a design motif which migrated north from the Mediterranean area.

The interior of the tankard has five pegs in a vertical row. These pegs, known as pegl,  indicate how much ale each person was entitled to drink as the tankard was passed around the table. Each pegl is equivalent to about a quarter of a liter.

Inscription: Øven Hansen Stusviig Aase Gunders Datter Stusviig 1753

Marks: BB

  • Materials Silver
  • Dimensions height: 8 in; diameter: 5 in
  • Identifier / Source LC5631 - Gift of Barrett Brown
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