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Creamware sugar bowl of waisted circular base. On this sugar bowl is a Black slave in chains kneeling beneath a tree. On the other side of the bowl a message is painted: 'East India Sugar not made By Slaves. By Six Families using East India, instead of West India Sugar, one Slave less is required.' During the late 18th and early 19th century, sugar from East India was promoted as a substitute for West Indian sugar tainted by its associations with slavery. It is not known whether such bowls were subsidised and distributed by East India merchants, or by reformers anxious to support and promote the abolitionist cause.
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