The Wenlok jug


This amazing medieval jug was saved from being exported a few years ago so that a museum in the United Kingdom could buy it – and then, guess what, it’s been stolen from the museum!!

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Wenlok Jug stolen from Stockwood Discovery Centre

Wenlok Jug

A “nationally significant” bronze medieval jug has been stolen from a Bedfordshire museum.

The Wenlok Jug was taken from the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton at about 23:00 BST on Saturday.

In 2005 it was nearly sold abroad, but a temporary export ban provided the opportunity for Luton Museum to raise the £750,000 needed to buy it.

Director of Museums, Karen Perkins, called the theft “extremely serious and upsetting”.

She said: “We are extremely proud that the Wenlok Jug is part of the collections at Stockwood Discovery Centre and are working extremely closely with police and investigators to do all we can to recover it.

“The Wenlok Jug is a nationally significant medieval object.”

The jug is a very rare example of metalwork that can be associated with royalty from the 1400s.

It is decorated with coats of arms and badges and is…

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