Rabbit Effigy Bowl
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Rabbit Effigy Bowl
Item: BOW-RAB2

Price before damage:  $300

Rabbit Effigy Bowl  This bowl is a Mississippian style effigy bowl featuring a rabbit.  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 of naturalistic or ‘real world’ effigies 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:  7in nose to tail 5in diameter for round portion of bowl and 4 in tall to top of head.

This poor baby was assulted by an unscrupulous person at a show.  They tried to pick up this beautiful rabbit by his ear and, of course, the ear being small thin and delecate would not support the weight of the bowl and came off.  This individual simply walked away without saying a word and did not step up and take responsibility for their actions.  This poor little rabbit would still like to find a loving adoptive home, however.  His ear has been re-attached with epoxy and will probably be more secure than the other ear, but there is a little line where it attaches to the head and bowl rim that you can see if you look very closely.  There is no other damange to this pot.