Incised Mississippian Style Bottle - Eag

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Incised Mississippian Style Bottle - Eag
Incised Mississippian Style Bottle - Eag

Incised Mississippian Style Bottle - Eagle Design.  This bottle is hand built from hand dug native clay using a coiling method.  It was hand burnished and incised with a typical Mississippian style stylized eagle design.  It was traditionally fired in a wood fire which was smothered creating the black color.  There are also some interesting color variations called fire clouds that are evident at the lower edge of the left wing on one side of the pot.  See the pop up photo to see this color variation.

This pot is a Mississippian style pot.  Original artifacts similar to this pot would have been made between about 1000-1400 AD.  The pot shape and design are both typical although this is not a direct reproduction of any artifact.

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.

Size: 6 in diameter at widest point 5.5 in tall