Paiute Water Jug - 1880–1890
willow, devil's claw, cotton cord
12.2 x 8.25 (diameter)
Paiute Water Jug - 1870–1890
willow, devil's claw, unidentified fiber, metal wire
13 x 8.25 (diameter) Both Illinois State Museum Condell Collection
The tightly drawn necks of these water jugs inhibit the evaporation of water in an arid environment while the semi-porous material allows the jug to "breathe" and thus maintain its contents at a refreshing temperature. One jug displays the remnants of a cord that would have attached to the carrier's belt. Designed strictly for travel, they have no flat surface on which they might rest when full.