Tag: Alcohol

Bellarmine or Bartmann Jugs from a Ceramic Maker’s Point of View

How can recreating museum objects enhance our understanding? A ceramic maker explores this through her creative practice, which seeks to enable haptic engagements with museum collections.

Lisa Robson

27 June 2023

17th-century Frechen Bartmann Jugs and ‘Witch’ Bottles

Named after the bearded man that features on them and originating in the the mid- to late-16th century in the Rhineland, how did these stoneware pots become associated with 'witch' bottles?

Nigel Jeffries

2 May 2023

Cups that Cheered: Bell Beakers and Alcohol in Bronze Age Europe

Evidence for fermented beverages in Bronze Age Beaker pots is limited. But this overview will show that Beakers were indeed used for alcohol in libations and during social occasions.

Elisa Guerra-Doce

4 April 2023

Roman Wine in a Cambridgeshire Grave

A chance discovery of a grave led to the most important Iron Age find in Cambridgeshire for years. Discover more about wine amphorae, grave goods, and what they can tell us about Iron Age Europe.

Caitlin Brooker

14 March 2023

Dragons, Monk’s Caps, and Butter Tea: The Duomuhu

What can drinking vessels tell us about historical changes and relationships? I explore the trajectory of one such vessel, a 多穆壶 (duomuhu), and what it tells us about the politics of the Chinese Empire.

Rui En Pok (Rae)

7 March 2023

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? – Celebrating in Harmony

Chinese New Year' or 'Lunar New Year' are two intertwined terms. Although indicative of positive cultural change, their overlapping nature has sparked controversies within museum spaces.

Zilan Wang

14 February 2023

May you always have alcohol and meat

Alcoholic beverages made from fermented rice and sorghum grains were considered ritually important in ancient China. This post looks at some vessels involved in the use of alcohol in the Han Dynasty.

James Lin

18 January 2023

‘Square Face’: Gin, Currency, and Colonialism in Africa

Discover stories of trade in West Africa, colonial exploitation, Christianity, traditional African religious practices, alcohol consumption and prohibition through a bottle of European gin.

Mark Elliott

13 December 2022

Fancy a drink? Chicha: An Ancient Maize-Based Fermented Brew

In the pre-Columbian world, chicha (a maize brew) was a prominent alcoholic beverage. I search the collections at MAA for maize-related objects and speculate their relationship to this ancient brew.

Jimena Lobo Guerrero Arenas

6 December 2022

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