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Mississippi Plain Feline Effigy Bowl / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Effigy Bowl -- Large effigy bowl of dark gray ware with large erect, grotesque head (probably serpent) and curled tail on rim.

Neeley’s Ferry pottery type -- Neeley’s Ferry Plain pottery commonly occurs at sites in the St. Francis River drainage in Arkansas. Paste is tempered with coarsely crushed mussel shell with a wide range of particle sizes. Often the surface of the pottery is rough due to leaching and often scoring from tools is evident. Frequently this paste was used in the construction of cooking vessels and storage jars (pp 10-12, Hathcock, Roy).

Curatorial Remarks

Mississippi Plain (Phillips 1970:130-135) feline effigy bowl with direct rim, flattened lip, conical body and rounded circular base. Feline head is facing outward from opening of vessel and opposite of curled tail. Vessel color 7.5YR 4/1 Dark Gray.


Phillips, Philip. Archaeological Survey in the lower Yazoo Basin, Mississippi, 1949-1955. Vol. 60. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 1970.

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Title(s): 
Mississippi Plain Feline Effigy Bowl; Large effigy bowl with animal head and curled tail
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
900-1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
Mississippi county, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
Clay, temper, shells, incised
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.1129
Previous Number(s): 
V-764
Department: 
On View

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