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Face Jug

1875-1925
Origin: America, Georgia or Texas (possibly)
7 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 5 3/4" (19.2 cm. x 14.0 cm. x 14.6 cm.)
Stoneware, salt-glazed, brown with Albany slip
Gift of Miss Blanche Sprinkle in memory of her sister Vivian Sprinkle
Acc. No. 1958.900.1
The circular-based form barely swells outwards as it rises to a rounded top with top center spout, from which a handle descends to attach to the back of the "head" of the piece. The front is decorated with facial features: two small applied eyes, a somewhat Roman profile, blunt-ended nose, long flat lips, and two ears. Except for face section, bottom, and spout, the entire vessel is decorated with incised striations that--except for sections of diagonal lines below the ears--run vertically. Salt-glazed stoneware of gray-green to brown color.
Label:The small size and incised lines that suggest hair covering the crown, neck and back of the head of this distinctive face jug have not been found on other American face vessels although earthenware and stoneware objects decorated with facial features have been made over a wide geographical area. The clay color and use of salt-glaze over Albany slip suggest a North Carolina or possibly Georgia origin.
Provenance:Bequest of Miss Blanche Elizabeth Sprinkle.