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"Little Brown Jug"

ca. 1885
Origin: America, Illinois, Anna
5" x 3 5/8" x 4" (12.7 cm. x 9.2 cm. x 10.2 cm.)
Stoneware, salt-glazed, brown with Albany slip
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1975.900.5
Small bulbous-shaped, wheel-thrown bottle form with tooled foot or base and ring-turned neck, to which a handle in the form of a naturalistic snake has been applied coiling once around the neck of the jug and twisting down the back. All over coating of Albany slip except the base with the inscription incised on the front. The snake shows raised scales.
Label:A snake climbing up the side and curling around the neck forms the handle of this hand-sized jug. the incised words "little brown jug," which traditionally describe a pottery vessel that holds liquor, and "beware," probably suggest the association of intoxication with humor, rather than being a literal warning about the danger inside.
--Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
February 2007

Provenance:Maze Pottinger Antiques, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Mark(s):"Little Brown Jug/BEWARE" is incised on the vessel.