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Nodena Red and White Bottle / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Bottle -- decorated with red painted curvilinear swastikas on white painted background.

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 Nodena Red and White pottery type. The use of shell temper and red and white pigments in painting the design is characteristic of the Nodena Red and White.

Curatorial Remarks

Nodena Red and White (Phillips 1970:141-144) bottle with direct rim and flattened lip painted in red. Vertical neck with five painted terrace motifs three with punctations at the center and a bone motif. Ovoid body with three painted in red swirling crosses over a white background. Annular base. 10R 4/6 Red (paint). 10YR 8/3 Very Pale Brown (paint). 10YR 6/2 Light Brownish Gray (paste).


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): 
Nodena Red and White Bottle; Bottle decorated with red painted curvilinear swastikas on white painted background
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
1400-1600 CE
Period: 
Late Mississippian
Place: 
Poinsett county, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
Clay, shells, painted
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.343
Department: 
On View

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