Birdman Dancer Effigy Bottle

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Birdman Dancer Effigy Bottle

Birdman Dancer Effigy Bottle  This pot is an original interpretation of an ancient mound builder design.  This design is commonly seen on stone carvings and shell gorgets.  I have made it in the style of the Mississippian effigy pots but with the head as a stopper.  The rattle the dancer is holding has small clay 'pebbles' inside so it does actually rattle.  This pot is similar to numerous effigy bottles that were made during the Mississippian period from around 1000-1400 AD.

This pot won second place in the clay sculpture category at Santa Fe Indian Market, August 2010

This pot is made from native clay and traditionally fired in a wood fire which was smothered creating the black color.  Significant and beautiful fire clouds were also created on the back of the bottle from the wood fire resulting in an almost bronze look.  See the pop up photo for the rear view of the pot.

During the Mississippian period a large number of pots were made with various effigy type designs.  Classic Southeastern Cultural Complex art was believed to relate almost entirely to otherworldly events and supernatural actors, however, the art from the central Mississippi valley also includes a large variety of ‘real world’ beings such as fish, deer. Shells, gourds, and other animals.  These were depicted with a varying degree of realism.

Size:  8.25 in tall X 6.5 in wide X 3.5 in front to back.
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