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Carson Red on Buff Bowl Triangle and Semicircle Motifs / Southeast, Mississippian


Bowl -- Small bowl of light brown ware, red painted design inside of bowl, triangle and broken sun symbols.

Quapaw potters of the Protohistoric era extended the ceramics technology of the lower Mississippi River Valley and continued ancestral Mississippian themes in pottery design. Much of this pottery was painted with red, white and black pigments in elaborate interlocking designs or in stripes. Other pottery was finished as black or dark grayware that was incised and/or engraved with curvilinear and rectilinear designs. This vessel is an example of the Carson Red on Buff pottery type. Shell temper and Red paint on a buff surface characterizes Carson Red on Buff pottery.

Curatorial Remarks

Carson Red on Buff (Phillips et al. 1951:132) bowl with out-flaring rim, rounded lip, globular body and rounded circular base. Interior of rim and neck painted. Interior painted design of triangle and trefoil or semicircle sun motifs. Vessel color 7.5YR 6/4 Light Brown. Paint color 10R 3/6 Dark Red.

Philips, Philip, James A. Ford, and James B. Griffin. Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley 1940-1947. Classics Southeast Archaeology. Tuscaloosa, GA: University of Alabama Press, 2003.

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Carson Red on Buff Bowl Triangle and Semicircle Motifs; Small bowl decorated with triangle and broken sun symbols
Southeast, Mississippian
1400-1600 CE
Late Mississippian
Yell county, Arkansas
Clay, temper, shells, mica, painted
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Previous Number(s): 
V-413; 5425.1658; Lemley V-413
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