Untitled (Memory Jug)

  • Unidentified, Untitled (Memory Jug), ca. 1890-1920, clay and found objects, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, 2016.38.80

Memory jugs give physical form to remembrance. Becausethese assemblages were rarely valued by anyone other than family members at thetime of their creation, the identities of their makers were almost always lostto time. The profusion of mementos encrusted onto crockery traces the beliefsand customs of the people who made them and those they cherished. This jugfeatures over 275 objects, from an extracted tooth to shells, tiny glassbottles, an Aunt Jemima button, and more, fragments of the material worldchosen to remember a life, and to honor a loved one’s spirit on earth, longafter they are gone.

(We Are Made of Stories:Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection, 2022)

Title
Untitled (Memory Jug)
Artist
Date
ca. 1890-1920
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
9 12 × 9 12 × 10 14 in. (24.1 × 24.1 × 26.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson

Mediums Description
clay and found objects
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – other – memory
Object Number
2016.38.80
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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