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Bell Plain Fish Effigy Bowl / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

Fish Effigy Bottle -- Fish effigy bottle, flaring neck, notched base

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) Fish Effigy Bottle with pedestaled notched base and outsloping lip. 7.5YR4/1 Dark Gray, 7.5YR2.5/1 Black.


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 Bowl; Fish effigy bottle
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
1200-1600 CE
Period: 
Middle to Late Mississippian
Place: 
Mississippi county, Arkansas
Materials/Techniques: 
clay, shells, notching
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
54.583
Previous Number(s): 
V-324; 5425.583; Lemley V-324
Department: 
Not On View

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