This wheel-thrown stoneware jar is characteristic of pottery produced in factories operated largely with slave labor in the Edgefield area of South Carolina. Four slashes incised on the vessel denote the capacity of the jar, around four gallons. On opposite sides of the shoulder are lug handles The shape of the handles, overall form, and tucked-in neck of the jar are characteristic elements of jars made in the Edgefield area. The piece is glazed with a brown alkaline glaze. Alkaline glaze is a mix of clay and ash or lime that acted as a flux.
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