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Puzzle jug

Puzzle jug, Brill/Boarstall ware, dating from 1250-1350, the Town Hall site in Oxford

Puzzle jugs were made for drinking games. The ‘puzzle’ was how to drink from the jug without getting drenched from the spouts at the side – these connect to a chamber at the bottom. It was filled through the hole at the top of the hollow handle. The face masks around the rim are a typical Oxford decoration.

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