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Southeastern Face Jugs

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Erin Ray

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of Southeastern Face Jugs

Southeastern
FACE JUGS
also known as
UGLY JUGS,
Face Jugs are a famous example of Southern
FOLK ART
hey! who are
you calling ugly?
Folk art is artwork created by untrained or self-taught artists.

In this case, the artists were African-American slaves in the 1800s, in South Carolina and Georgia.
WHY DID SLAVE ARTISANS CREATE FACE JUGS?
i'm a mystery
wrapped in an enigma.
Jugs have been found on gravesites, leading some art historians to believe they were meant to ward away evil spirits. Folklore tells us there was a superstitious belief that if a jug placed on a grave broke within a year, that meant the deceased's soul was wrestling with the devil.
WHY DID SLAVE ARTISANS CREATE FACE JUGS?
Another theory is that the jugs were used to store moonshine or other things children shouldn't have--the scary faces could have been meant to warn children away!
Whatever they were used for, historians agree that the jugs have roots in traditional African art and spirituality.
MODERN FACE JUGS
Contemporary artists have gotten increasingly creative with the face jug form, creating all kinds of scary, fanciful, imaginative human and animal jugs.
AESTHETICS
Face jugs raise an interesting question of aesthetics: does an object have to be beautiful to be considered art?
more
MODERN FACE JUGS
ANIMAL
HUMAN(ISH)
AND A ROBOT
ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES
FORM
Geometric
or Organic?
TEXTURE
Actual
or Implied?
BALANCE
Symmetrical
or Asymmetrical?
http://video.pbs.org/video/1918318256/
PBS History Detectives:
FACE JUG
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