ANONYMOUS . usa (03) . memory jugs

Memory Jugs are containers — pots, bottles, jars — on which are pasted everyday objects such as keys, coins, photos, jewelry etc. Some are coated with gold or silver paint, others are left as they are so that each glued object is easily recognized. Memory Jugs were created in the African American communities in the American South and placed on the tombs  with the purpose to provide the deceased with objects helpful for their afterlife. Memory Jugs can also be related to the Victorian “scrapbook” tradition:  albums filled with collages showing personal memories.