Alan-a-Dale character jug produced by Aquila Ceramics in Drury, New Zealand, circa 1975. Alan-a-Dale is a figure in the Robin Hood legend. He was a wandering minstrel who became a member of Robin's band of outlaws, the "Merry Men". In the ballad Robin Hood and Allan-a-Dale, Robin rescues Alan's sweetheart from an unwanted marriage to an old knight. They stop the bishop from proceeding with the ceremony, and Robin Hood, dressed in the bishop's robes, marries Alan to his bride. Allan's lute forms the handle of this jug. This is one of the Sherwood Forest Series.
Sherwood Forest Series