Female effigies bottles with hands on the knees and legs tucked under are a widespread Mississippian form. Although most bottles have the opening on the back of the head as “hooded” bottle, a late form has the opening on the top. While seemingly a human form, they are now thought to be “other-than-human” beings, perhaps modled as an Earth Mother. The ceramic bottles functioned more as figures to whom people prayed for fertility, good health, and success in their lives. The specific style shown here is found between Chucalissa to the south and extreme southeast Missouri and dates between approximately AD 1550 and 1625.
1500, 1600, 1625
Dye, David, "Female Effigy Bottle" (2022). Artifacts. 1.
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