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This bowl is a Mississippian style effigy bowl featuring a Human head. This bowl is a rattle head bowl, meaning that there are small ceramic balls inside the head which make it rattle. Many of the original artifacts had rattle heads. Original artifacts similar to this pot would have been made between about 1000-1400 AD.
This bowl was hand built from native clay and traditionally fired in a wood fire. The fire was then smothered resulting in the very interesting black metallic look that this native clay gets in reduction firing.
During the Mississippian period a large number incised pots were made with various stylized bird 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.
6.5in head to handle 4 1/8 in diameter for round portion of bowl and 3 1/2 in tall to top of head.
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