Tobacco jar

DATE:
n.d.
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Tin-glazed earthenware
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
13 1/2 × 9 3/8 × 9 3/8 in. (34.29 × 23.81 × 23.81 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Decorative Arts and Design Study Gallery, Level 4
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Faith P. Bybee
OBJECT NUMBER:
1992.B.237.A-B

General Description

Used to store pipe tobacco, this Dutch earthenware tobacco jar features an Indian, tobacco plant, and ship, indicating European interest in the exotic qualities of Colonial America. Although not accurate representations, the scenes on this jar depict images of Native Americans engaged in the tobacco trade. As they readily associated Asian figures with tea and other goods, Europeans found the image of the Native American a recognizable symbol of the colonies and its exports such as tobacco.

Adapted from

  • DMA pamphlet, "The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection of American Decorative Arts," Bybee artist file in the DMA's Mayer Library.

  • Label copy, n.d.