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Object Name Effigy
Catalog Number 1966.30.1
Material(s) Earthenware
Dimensions H-7 W-3 L-4 inches
Description This Effigy Pot is made of sand tempered red clay. It is jar/pitcher shaped with one ear shaped handle. There are applied and incised designs in an Aztec motif. The figure is a male wearing a headdress and holding two palm leaves. There are two additional faces affixed to each side of the handle.
Notes The piece is probably from Mexico or Central America. The designs are from the Aztec symbology. The base shows curved lines indicating that it was thrown on a pottery wheel. Although the pottery wheel was invented in the Middle East around 5000 B.C., the wheel was not introduced to the Americas until after European contact. This could be a souvenir piece from Central America.
Collection Charles Johnson Collection
Subjects Native peoples
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS