June 13, 2011 9:46 AM   Subscribe

Curio filter, or what is this small man shaped jug?

My name is WickedPissah and I am addicted to buying weird things at thrift stores. This is my latest installment. I have scoured the googles and have come up short so I am turning again to AskMe.

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Small clay jug with stopper in the shape of a man with a mustache and horns? About 8 inches high. What looks like red clay. No signature. Any guess as to who it is supposed to be? Or where it came from? Souvenir? Novelty? Folk art?

Also I have asked a few questions like this on AskMe but it is the best resource I have found on the web so far. If anyone knows of an alternative that is made for questions like this then let me know.
posted by WickedPissah to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total)
it may be a devil jug, but i have never seen anything that small.
posted by PinkMoose at 9:57 AM on June 13, 2011

Devil Jug is a concept worth checking into.
posted by Iteki at 9:58 AM on June 13, 2011

Dammit, wrong button, here's a gis.
posted by Iteki at 9:58 AM on June 13, 2011

I don't know whether 1f2frfbf is still active here, but s/he wrote a nifty comment about face jugs and may be able to help.
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:02 AM on June 13, 2011

I am both still here and happy to help.

I've seen small items like that made by potters the world 'round. You may want to look at Bartmann (or Bellarmine) Jugs

Does it have a signature or anything on the bottom, if it does I am more than happy to help further in finding the artist and their location.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 11:39 AM on June 13, 2011

Thanks everyone for the help so far. The horns (that might be ears) make me think its a small devil jug but still not sure. Sadly there is no signature or marking that I can discern. Wish there was, would obviously be a help. I will look into the Bartmann jugs for sure. Any other leads you may have are welcome. Thanks.
posted by WickedPissah at 2:23 PM on June 13, 2011

On second look, I think what you have isn't a devil, but a satyr. Could this be a small wine/alcohol jug?
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:23 PM on June 13, 2011

I'm taking another look at your photos before I head off to work today. My guess is that it's from the 20th century, fired in a reduction (electric) kiln, based on the glazes, but I can't know that for sure without seeing the piece. The work on the face makes me think it was done by either an experienced amateur or a trained potter as the details are very fine. Were I to place it into any genre, it'd be 'stuff made in a pottery class.' The handle/tail on the back is somewhat awkward, and I can't place it with the handiwork of any of the big name potters I know, so I'm afraid it's not a museum piece, nor worth a small fortune, but it's a neat pot nonetheless and I hope you enjoy it.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 6:16 AM on June 14, 2011

Thanks 1f2frfbf and everyone else. Yeah it's pretty cool and will remain on my counter.
posted by WickedPissah at 8:40 AM on June 14, 2011

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