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Some of the most striking pottery in prehistoric North America was produced during the Mississippian culture period in Arkansas. Effigy forms of these ceramics range from strikingly naturalistic to fanciful, often symbolically associated with the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. Decorated with the head and tail of a bird on opposite sides of their rims, many of these bowls clearly represent birds. In this case, however, the avian details have been transformed into a human head and a tail shaped like the maces carried by the theocratic elite of Mississippian society.
diameter 6.625 in ; height 7.25 in ; length 12.75 in