Luther’s Household Objects

Also uncovered in archaeological digs are objects related to Luther’s household and home life: decorative tiles that adorned the heating stoves that warmed the house (above right), expensive imported pottery and tableware (above left), and personal items, such as the green ceramic inkstand at the bottom, likely used by Luther himself to write the texts to be sent off to the printing presses.

Paul Preuning, Round-bodied Polychrome Pitcher, second-half of the sixteenth century. Polychrome ceramic. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich.

Eve Stove Tile, early-sixteenth century. Polychrome ceramic. Stiftung Moritzburg Halle (Saale), Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.

Ceramic Inkstand, early-sixteenth century. Glazed ceramic. Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, State Museum of Prehistory Halle (Saale).