Face jug

about 1860
Unknown African-American, Made at Thomas Davies Pottery

Object Place: Edgefield District, South Carolina


Overall: 17.1 x 12.1 x 11.7 cm (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stoneware, alkaline (ash) glaze; kaolin clay inserts

Not On View





Tall ovoid face vessel with spout at top. Dark brown glaze. One eyebrow extends across the forehead. Eyes and teeth made from unglazed white kaolin set in earthenware body. Individual triangular teeth made from kaolin set in the earthenware body, and left unglazed using wax-resist.


Early history unknown. About 1997, sold by Tony L. Shank, Marion, S.C., to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection