1840 to 1850
This face jug was crafted by an enslaved potter in the Edgefield District. It has an alkaline glaze with a handle and drinking spout. The jug has ears that have broken off, eye lids, a crooked nose and lips with delineated teeth. There appears to be a dimpled chin below the lips. The eyes also appear to have been painted into the eyeball area with white and dark brown glazes. Current theories suggest that this jug would have been used for religious rituals and not for everyday usage.
According to our records from the date of its donation, it is the only known example of kiln-made ears and teeth, which signify that the potter had significant expertise.
Donated by Mrs. R.L. Steinek.