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slave medallion
  • Josiah Wedgwood I, artist
    born: Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom ; died: Etruria, England, United Kingdom
    William Hackwood, modeler
    active: England, United Kingdom
    Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd., manufacturer
    founded 1759
  • slave medallion, 1787, likely cast between 1790–1910
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • jasperware
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 x 2.6 x 0.1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 1 3/16 x 1 x 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0230

A slave is depicted wearing chains at his wrists and ankles, kneeling with one knee on the ground. His hands are clasped at shoulder height in front of him. Text around the edge reads: “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER”. The figure is in black and the background is white.