Piasa Effigy Teapot

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Piasa Effigy Teapot
Piasa Effigy Teapot
Item: PIA

PiasaEffigy Teapot This teapot is a Mississippian style effigy teapot featuring a piasa.  The piasa or underwater panther is one of the mythical creatures from the underworld in the ancients tri-world view.  The design on the sides of the teapot are called a barred spiral and are meant to depict the waves in the water, perhaps a result of the piasa swimming by.  Original artifacts similar to this pot would have been made between about 1000-1400 AD.

This teapot was hand built from native clay and fired in an electric kiln.

During the Mississippian period a large number of effigy pots were made.  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:  8.75 in nose to tail 3.5 in wide and 4.25 in tall to top of head.