Also called Memory pots, Putty pots originated in Africa’s Bakongo culture as an inexpensive way to memorialize the deceased. It was believed the Earth was turned upside down and that water connected the human spirit to Earth. Graves were decorated with water bearing items to help the deceased enter the afterlife. In the 19th century Victorians took an interest in Memory Jugs, so all of their mementos could be kept in one place. Artist made by Jerry Farrell.