John Lewis Miles Pottery - Face Jug, ca. 1860–70 / Face jugs were made by African American slaves and freedmen working in potteries in the Edgefield District of South Carolina, an area of significant stoneware production in the nineteenth century. The distinctive features of the jugs, notably the kaolin inserts for the eyes, relate in style and material to ritualistic objects of the Congo and Angola region of western Africa, whence many slaves in South Carolina descended.

John Lewis Miles Pottery - Face Jug, ca. 1860–70 / Face jugs were made by African American slaves and freedmen working in potteries in the Edgefield District of South Carolina, an area of significant stoneware production in the nineteenth century. The distinctive features of the jugs, notably the kaolin inserts for the eyes, relate in style and material to ritualistic objects of the Congo and Angola region of western Africa, whence many slaves in South Carolina descended.

Photo courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum Face jugs like this one will be on exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum.

Photo courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum Face jugs like this one will be on exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum.

Very Rare Stoneware Face Jug, att. Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield District, SC -- Lot 443 -- October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction -- Crocker Farm, Inc., $13,800.

Very Rare Stoneware Face Jug, att. Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield District, SC -- Lot 443 -- October 22, 2016 Stoneware Auction -- Crocker Farm, Inc., $13,800.

Stoneware glazed face jug attributed to the Edgefield District of South Carolina, about 1860-1880. Now in a private collection sold by David A. Schorsch at the 2002 Winter Antiques Show

Stoneware glazed face jug attributed to the Edgefield District of South Carolina, about 1860-1880. Now in a private collection sold by David A. Schorsch at the 2002 Winter Antiques Show

Face jugs' origins have been traced to some of the last African slaves.   SPECIAL

Face jugs' origins have been traced to some of the last African slaves. SPECIAL

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