Hodges engraved, head pot

Hodges engraved, head pot

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Type: Earthenware
Year: 1600-1700
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Origin: On loan from the Proctor Collection of Henderson State University
Accession Number: L2002.114

Protohistoric Caddoans did make head pots," representations of human heads, in the shape, during that period of time, but this is the only engraved example known. This kind of vessel is much more common in northeastern Arkansas, but the decorative and manufacturing traditions are very different from those of Caddoans. Head pots" have two main interpretations. They may be representations of the head of a warrior"s victim in warfare, and thus may be a ceramic representation of a real war trophy. They may conversely be a representation of an honored ancestor. The Caddo style of human representation shown here uses stylized renderings if eyes mouth, and other facial features. The closed mouth and slitted eyes might be representations of a deceased person, or this may just be artistic convention.

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Hodges engraved, head pot