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Five-Gallon Storage Jar

1840-1850
Origin: America, South Carolina, Edgefield
Overall: 7 1/2 x 15 1/2in. (19.1 x 39.4cm)
Stoneware, ash-glazed, gray with Kaolin slip
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1997.900.2
Large pottery jar with a grayish-green glaze. Two handles are molded on either side of the lip. The numeral "5" within a decorative circle has been applied to two sides in a cream-colored slip.
Label:This storage jar has lateral lug handles on either side of the jar openings, a slightly everted rim, and a capacity mark. This vessel is ash-glazed and looks as if it has a thin layer of glass on the surface. You can even see where the glaze has run in rivulets down the side near the handles.
---Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware
Exhibition curated by Suzanne Findlen Hood at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, February 2007
Provenance:Part of the AARFAC unaccessioned collection. Date and type of acquisition unknown. Been noted on old inventory lists since 1980.