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Artist:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
glass bottle with composition dough embedded with metal, plastic, glass, and wood objects, gilded with bronze paint
Dimensions:
12 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. diam. (31.3 x 16.1 cm. diam.)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
early 20th century
Luce Center Label:
Some memory jars may have come from African American traditions of decorating graves with objects owned by the deceased. The objects embedded in the surface of these bottles and jars provide clues about when they were made or who made them. For example, Jug with Finial includes a campaign button for William Jennings Bryan, a Democratic presidential candidate between 1896 and 1908, while High-Buttoned Shoe shows a macabre row of teeth that may have belonged to the maker.
Topic:
Allegory\other\memory  Search this
Object\tool  Search this
Object\furniture\clock  Search this
Object\weapon\gun  Search this
Object\musical instrument\harmonica  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Object number:
1986.65.306
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk766a2ca9f-b81c-456c-aa6c-607d429794c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1986.65.306