Native American (Mississippian)
about A.D. 900–1400
Object Place: Diehlstaat, Missouri, United States
Overall: 16.5 x 14 cm (6 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)
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.
Sticker on bottom in script: G. W. Wales/336
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Wales (active 1890-1954), 1895.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales