An unusual beaker form, which is at home further south in the Louisiana area of the Lower Mississippi Valley. However, the Memphis Rim suggests the form and style may derive from further south, but the potter was from the Chucalissa area. In addition, this style of engraving dates to the fourteenth century, but it was not interred until the sixteenth century, suggesting long term curation. The theme of intertwined serpents is widespread in the Mississippian world. These supernatural rattlesnakes represent dual beings, perhaps denizens of different cosmic realms. How many differences can you find in these two rattlesnakes?
Dye, David, "Unusual Beaker" (2022). Artifacts. 14.
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