An ewer is a vase-shaped water pitcher or jug. This artifact from Russia has a narrow neck, a stout handle, and a decorative spout.
Jugshave been made for thousands of years in a variety of shapes and sizes using materials such as stone, wood, metal, porcelain, or glass. Before indoor plumbing, ewers were frequently paired with basins atop bedroom dressers for washing and shaving purposes. Pitchers could also be used to serve cold water at a dining table. Nowadays, ewers are primarily a decoration.
Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.