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A historic ceramic face vessel with a protruding tongue.

The Edgefield face vessel on display is believed to be crafted in the same area as famous master potter Dave Drake.

Photo provided by the South Carolina State Museum

A new artifact is on display at the South Carolina State Museum. The museum recently acquired an Edgefield face vessel, one of a rare collection of vessels (read: only 160 have ever been identified) that were initially made by enslaved craftspeople in the Edgefield district of SC.

Offering a unique glimpse into the expert skill of enslaved African-Americans and the influence of African art on American culture, this vessel is especially rare because of its protruding tongue. 🏺 *


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