Face vessel with spout at top. Eyes and teeth made from white kaolin set in earthenware body, and covered with the same alkaline glaze as the body. Broad nose with wide-set eyes. Greenish glaze.


  • Title: Face jug
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1860
  • Physical Dimensions: 5 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.
  • Provenance: By 1926, collection of George S. McKearin (1).  At unknown date, sold by McKearin to D. S. Clark, a dealer; 1952, sold by Clark to collectors Harry and Dorothy Frey (Terre Haute, Indiana) for $65.00; at unknown date, sold by Freys to Jayne Blaske for $150.00; September 17, 1983, sold at Skinner Auction, sale of the Edmund & Jayne Blaske Collection, lot #506, purchased by Tony L. Shank (Marion, S.C.); June 8, 1997, sold by Shank to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA.
  • Subject Keywords: African American Artist
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: MFA Website Entry
  • Medium: Stoneware, alkaline (ash) glaze; kaolin clay inserts

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