Effigy

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


Object Place: Diehlstaat, Missouri, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 14 cm (6 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

95.1430

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

A round, bulbous body forms this human effigy. Its arms bend and fold across its body and chest with one breast exposed. Its legs are folded angularly under its belly. The distorted spine creates a hunchback look. The neck is short and heavy looking. The ears are pierced, and a jaguar headdress sits atop the head of the figure. The vessel-opening is nearly vertical at the back of the head. This vessel is dark gray smudged plain ware.

Markings

Sticker on bottom in script: G. W. Wales/336
P 6822

Provenance

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Wales (active 1890-1954), 1895.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales