Effigy Pot or Hollow Figurine

Effigy Pot or Hollow Figurine

Mississippian Effigy Pot or large hollow figurine, dating from 1200-1600AD made of earthenware clay. Human-like animal form. Figure stands bipedally with upper limbs across a wide, round belly. Face has a thin mouth, long nose, button-like eyes with curved ears. Opening exists in back of head. Temper is shell sometimes refered to as Caddon. Sequence MB II Caddon 1200-1600AD Probably from Southeast Kansas/Neb. region Dating from 1200-1600 AD, this Mississippian Effigy Pot is a large hollow figurine made of earthenware clay tempered with shell. It has a human-like animal form. We affectionately refer to it as the “pregnant opossum” in the museum. It is probably from the southeast Kansas/Nebraska region Mound Builders societies, known for their enormous “rammed earth” animal figures of snakes, bears, panthers, and bison.
  • Object: Effigy Pot or Hollow Figurine
  • Artist: -
  • Circa: A.D.1200- 1600
  • Dimensions: 9" tall
  • Culture Area: Southeast
  • Cultural Group: Mississippian
  • Cultural Context: The moundbuilders society existed approximately 400 BCE to 800 BCE. They are renowned for their enormous “rammed earth” animal figures of snakes, bears, panthers, and bison. Many of the mounds reached a mile in length. Some were used as ceremonial centers and burial areas.
  • Donor: Beardsley, Charles
  • Catalog #: 87.030