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This memory jug was constructed by putting various objects on a jug encased in concrete. Some identifiable objects include marbles, a spigot, a saltshaker, a penny, a metal chain, pins, keys, buttons, ceramic, porcelain, glass decorative objects, and a small metal.
The first memory jugs were made by African Americans for grave adornments. Memory jugs are mosaic vessels covered in mortar and encrusted with shards, shells, and various found objects. They were popular in Victorian times as folk art but the idea is believed to have originated from African mourning vessels. These were memory laden mosaics as in three dimensional scrapbooks. They are fascinating time capsules that link the past to the present as poignant narratives.