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Bell Plain Fish Effigy Jar / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Fish Effigy Jar -- Fish effigy jar of dark clay

Bell Plain pottery type -- Bell Plain is prevalent at sites along the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has finely crushed shell temper, a well polished to highly polished surface, and varies in color from shades of gray to buff to orange (pp 10-12, Hathcock, Roy, Ancient Indian Pottery of the Mississippi River Valley, 1976, Hurley Press, Inc., Camden Arkansas).

Curatorial Remarks

Bell Plain (Phillips 1970:58-61) jar with everted rim and rounded lip with notching. Vertical neck and ovoid body with appliqued indented tail with curvilinear incised lines, zoomorphic head with noded eyes and mouth and incised lines around and three appliqued bands two small ones and a large line with notching. Rounded circular base. 10YR 5/2 Grayish Brown.


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): 
Bell Plain Fish Effigy Jar; Fish effigy jar
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
1200-1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
Mississippi county, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
Clay, shells, appliqued, notching
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.1476
Previous Number(s): 
V-133
Department: 
On View

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