Memory Jugs are a form of sculptural scrapbooking. We bought our first Memory Jug which we still have, in 1987 at the Fair Park Flea Market in Dallas. We were told that it was from an African-American estate in Austin and that the jugs were sometimes called “Spirit Jars”. The African tradition of making “nkisi” fetish objects come to mind; see Robert Farris Thompson’s book FLASH of the SPIRIT (where bottles and ceramic vessels are placed on graves) However in our travels across the country buying antiques we have found the jugs from diverse cultural and geographic origins. These were Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century sentimentality; and established funerary customs of mourning artisans who made memory jugs and hair wreaths to preserve the memory of the loved one. The memory jug preserved sacred mementos of a loved one and was often in the family parlor or in rare instances placed on the grave of the departed. The craft magazines of the 1900 to 1930’s era had articles on making memory jugs and many date from this period. The vessel covered with putty and encrusted with collections of curios, buttons, pins, tintype photos, jewelry, teeth, bones ,rocks, and seeds transmutes into a sculptural form.