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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Nowadays, these jars are considered even more special because they are very difficult to find in the communities of the Ede people.

History of the Object
This jar was collected from a Ede village in Dak Lac province. It had been the high-valued property of an Ede family.The Ede call this type of jar “tuk” and it is considered to be of high value. It is special because one small jar is attached to the shoulder of the big jar, which is the symbol of a mother carrying her baby on her back. In the Central Highlands, we also find a “one mother with two babies”, or “one mother with three babies”. The baby jar is partly decoration for the jar but it is also partly used to contain extra water that is poured and mixed with the wine during the drinking. There is a hole between the “mother jar” and the “baby jar”. The Ede people think that it is a jar with supernatural powers. The wine is made in order to worship their God in traditional ceremonies. Because of its supernatural power young people don’t dare touch it. The jar has a very high value. One had to exchange it for one to two elephants or many buffaloes. Therefore, only rich families had jars like this. It was an expression of the social position of the family.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Ceramic 
Measurements
Width 47 cm. Height 58 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
Unknown 
Creation date
unknown 
Function
During special occasions the wine is drunk from the jar through the stem. 
Acquisition
The museum purchased this jar from a private collector, Tu Thi Kim in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lac province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, State property of Vietnam. 
Museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 
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