Elvis Presley Face Jug #4

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This single-handle jug was a prevalent form in Southern folk pottery and was often finished by molding the body into the form of a face. It has been finished in a contemporary fashion with the face of Elvis. The original jugs created by Georgia folk artists were not as polished or lifelike as this one and often showed distorted and crude features. The body of the jug for Elvis Presley Face Jug #4 was thrown by Michael, while Elvis's image was molded by Melvin.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase
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Department
Decorative Arts
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
1992
Object number
1997.124.151
Artist
Michael Crocker, born Lula, GA 1956
Melvin Crocker, born Lula, GA 1959
Sitter
Elvis Presley
Topic
Portrait male\head
Medium
fired clay with various glazes including platinum oxide
Dimensions
11 3/8 x 7 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (28.9 x 19.4 x 20.6 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Decorative Arts-Ceramic
Folk Art