Face jug

Object Number: 
ca. 1880
Stoneware, kaolin, alkaline glaze
Overall: 7 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 7 in. ( 18.1 x 14.6 x 17.8 cm )
Wheelthrown flaring cylindrical stoneware jug with bottle neck opening (corked) and top handle towards rear, front side decorated with face modeled in relief; eyes and teeth of kaolin (one eye and teeth slightly loose); dark green alkaline (wood ash) glaze.
Gallery Label: 
This face vessel may have been made on the Miles Mill plantation in Edgefield, South Carolina. It was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group