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Preserve Jar with Bilateral Lug Handles

20th century John McLuhan glazed stoneware 10 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (27.1 x 21.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.41 Not currently on view


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Potteries flourished in the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas during the late nineteenth century. Craftsmen farmed during the warmer months, then spent the winter making storage containers to use and sell. Large preserve jars were used to store fruit, vegetables, meat, and lard, and were made from stoneware to keep the contents cool. Potters applied lug handles to the side of pots so they could be easily lifted or suspended, and a cork stopped up the mouth of the jar to preserve the food inside.

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - stoneware