Memory Vessel with Doll Parts

  • Zelermy, Memory Vessel with Doll Parts, n.d., sewer pipe clay? overlaid with applied brown compound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.67

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The folk art tradition of "memory vessels" grew out of grave-marking or commemorative rituals found in several cultures. Objects embedded in the surface of the piece often provide clues to the person who owned or used the items. With its doll parts and clocks, this vessel may have been created to commemorate a child, suggesting a too-short life. These special items may have been from the maker’s childhood, and were gathered here as a keepsake.
Title
Memory Vessel with Doll Parts
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
11 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 8 in. (29.4 x 23.3 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
sewer pipe clay? overlaid with applied brown compound
Classifications
Object Number
1998.84.67
Palette
Linked Open Data
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