Designation for pottery or earthenware vessels with a bulbous centre in the form of a jug, tapering upwards and downwards. The pebbles, often painted blue with stylized apple branches or wreaths, are equipped with a handle for pouring and sometimes with a tin lid. In Germany, the vessel is traditionally used mainly in Hesse and in French Normandy mainly for serving Apfelweincider or cider. There are different sizes, which are named after their volume, measured by the number of glasses called ribbed. For example, there are Bembels of 4, 8, 12 or 24. This corresponds to approximately 1 to 6 litres. But there are also much larger Bembels, which are then stored in so-called "lazybones", i.e. wrought-iron frames. A tilting mechanism, which can be turned in the centre of gravity axis, makes pouring easier. The type of beer mug used in Germany, Humpen with a volume of mostly 0.5 l, is also called Bierbembel. See also under wine vessels.