Slave medallion

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  • Artist/Maker: Josiah Wedgwood, William Hackwood
  • Great Britain, England, Staffordshire
  • Ca. 1790
  • Stoneware, unglazed, white with black clay
  • 1982-202

Slave medallion. White and black unglazed stoneware (jasper) medallion modeled in relief with a kneeling manacled figure of a slave with his hands raised in supplication. Above the kneeling figure, in raised letters is the motto: "AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?". The medallion was probably modeled by William Hackwood and was manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood. The design of the medallion was based on the seal of the English abolitionist society.

Mark(s): Impressed mark, "WEDGWOOD" with a circle on the reverse of the medallion. Raised letters forming motto, "AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?" on the obverse.

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