Effigy

Native American (Mississippian)
Prehistoric
about A.D. 900–1400


Object Place: Diehlstaat, Missouri, United States

Dimensions

12.7 x 7.62 x 7.3 cm (5 x 3 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

95.1431

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

This squarish, squatting, unadorned figure is positioned with knees folded up in front of its body. Its facial features are incised and slightly molded. The head is topped by a central vertical headpiece. The vessel opening is at the back of the head.

Markings

Sticker on bottom in script: G. W. Wales/340

Provenance

Excavated near Cairo, IL. By 1888, George Washington Wales (b. 1815 - d. 1896) and Maria Wharton Dow Wales (b. 1816 - d. 1902), Boston; 1895, gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1895)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales