On View: American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
The unusual imagery on this jug of coiling snakes, frogs, and turtles intended to suggest the nightmarish delirium brought on by alcohol abuse. Such vessels are illustrative of the temperance movement in the United States in the nineteenth century—which was second only to slavery as a burning social issue. The best known of these vessels were produced by Warren V. Kirkpatrick at the Anna Pottery in Illinois and probably influenced the potter of jug.
Slip glazed red earthenware
Height: 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Diameter of base: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Arthur W. Clement
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American. Jug, 1860-1880. Slip glazed red earthenware, Height: 11 in. (27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arthur W. Clement, 44.1.20a-b. Creative Commons-BY
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Slip glazed red earthenware jug (a) with cover (b). Jug: grotesque, so-called Delirium Tremens, applied design of snakes, frogs, and men. Cover in form of frog.
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