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Anti-Slavery Cameo
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Anti-Slavery Cameo


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), a potter and leading member of Great Britain's Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, had this medallion modeled by Hackwood to be produced in ceramic. It is inscribed: "Am I not a Man and a Brother?" During the early 19th century, the medallion was mounted in a gold brooch. The image of the half-nude black male kneeling in prayer was a popular image for abolitionists in both Great Britain and the United States.
Exhibitions
  • At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. 2007.
Provenance Taylor B. Williams Antiques, Chicago; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1989.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Am I not a Man and a Brother
Credit Museum purchase, 1989

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Period
1787
Medium
jasperware, gold
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2597
Measurements
H: 1 1/2 x W: 1 7/16 in. (3.8 x 3.6 cm)
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