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From the book, By Hand: 25 Beautiful Objects to Make in the American Folk Art Tradition, 2001

memory jug

This is a very cool memory jug.

Great site to find out more about memory jugs Gracie's Cottage: Folk Art Memory Jug... and Speaking of Altered Art

Vintage Folk Art Memory Jug. $95.00, via Etsy.

Gracie's Cottage: Folk Art Memory Jug... and Speaking of Altered Art

memory-jug. (Spirit jug, many names).Experts trace their roots back to Africa’s Bakongo culture and, later, American slave culture. The belief was that the living world was connected to the spirit world by water, so a jug or other item that holds liquid could help the deceased person navigate the watery course to the afterlife. The Ohio Folk website describes these objects as “…memory laden mosaics... time capsules that link the past to the present..."

Memory Jug--a Southern folk art form that traces its roots back to Africa. Sometimes you'll find these homemade assemblages in South Louisiana cemeteries. This is a beautiful example. The trinkets were affixed with window putty or thin mortar, and the jugs, vases or jars are fragile.