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Walls Engraved Jar / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Jar -- High-shouldered jar, “spittoon type”,

Walls Engraved Pottery type -- Walls Engraved pottery is a technique of fine, shallow linear design, often with cross-hatching and spiral patterns. Engraving was frequently performed on a Bell Plain vessel after the vessel was fired. Walls Engraved is prevalent at sites along the Mississippi River in southeastern 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 10-13 and 34, Hathcock, Roy).

Curatorial Remarks

Walls Engraved (Phillips 1970:169-171) polished jar with everted rim and flattened lip. Vertical neck and compound body with globular shoulder and conical lower body. Engraved triangular motifs at the shoulder and lower area with cross-hatching. And two cross-hatched lines in the center curving and crossing. Flat circular base. 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): 
Walls Engraved Jar; Ceramic spittoom high-shouldered jar
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
1400-1600 CE
Period: 
Late Mississippian
Place: 
Saint Francis county, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
Clay, shells, engraved, polished
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.2654
Department: 
On View

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