Face Jug

  • Evan Javan Brown, Sr., Face Jug, ca. 1974, glazed stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.27

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Davis P. Brown, the founder of Brown's Pottery and Javan's brother, made the company's first devil jug in the early 1920s, which he placed outside the store's door to attract attention. Javan Brown probably crafted this face jug in his own workshop in Valdese, North Carolina. He made the teeth from pieces of broken plate, and used a thick black glaze to emphasize the face's ugly features.

Title
Face Jug
Artist
Date
ca. 1974
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
7 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.1 x 12.9 x 14 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – face
Object Number
1986.65.27
Palette
Linked Open Data
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