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Artist Name:

Miles Mill Pottery

Nationality & Life Dates:

Edgefield district, SC


Face Jar


ca. 1870


Alkaline-glazed stoneware and unglazed porcelain


28 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

Accession Number:


On View - Stent Family Wing,Third Level, Gallery 304
Face jugs appeared in Edgefield, South Carolina, some time before 1862. They represent a creolized form that likely has both African and European roots. The grotesque features were hand modeled in clay and applied to a wheel-turned vessel; teeth and eyes were formed from white clay pieces or other materials and inserted into the stoneware body. Highly sculptural and beautifully modeled, this form is unusual among Southern face jugs because it is the largest currently known example from the nineteenth-century African American South. With a hole near the bottom edge, the function of the jar remains unknown.

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