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Plain Human Head Effigy Bottle / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Head Bottle -- “This unpainted portrait vessel has a carafe neck and an annular base. Nose and mouth are modeled, and the diamond-shaped eyes are incised. A ridge extending from ear to ear defines the hair line, and the hairstyle consists of buns on the sides of the head. An unperforated knob is located at the hairline in front.”

Curatorial Remarks

Plain human head effigy bottle with out-flaring rim, flattened lip, vertical neck, anthropomorphic body and pedestalled circular base. Body is a human effigy head with three rectangular nodes on the vessel shoulder. Body has two engraved ears with perforations. Face has a rounded nose, mouth and engraved eyes with diamond-shaped outlines. 10YR 6/6 Brownish Yellow.

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Title(s): 
Plain Human Head Effigy Bottle; Ceramic head bottle
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
1400-1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
Mississippi county, Missouri
Materials/Techniques: 
Clay, grog, appliqued, polished
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.1277
Previous Number(s): 
5425.1277
Department: 
Not On View

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