**First Time At Auction**
North America, probably southeastern United States, Late Mississippian period, ca. 1400 to 1700 CE. A large hand-built terracotta vessel with a rounded base, smooth exterior walls, a wide mouth, deep interior cavity, slightly flared rim, and twin strap handles. The pottery itself is tempered with small white shell fragments, and exhibits hues of red-orange, cream, beige, and dark-gray. This urn, perhaps used initially as a cooking vessel in a domestic context, was repurposed as a burial vessel to hold the remains of an infant. Size: 9" Diameter (22.9 cm).
Provenance: private Parker collection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, found at LU-17 in Lauderdale County, Alabama by Justin Clements in 1969
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Surface wear commensurate with age and use, small loss to rim, minor nicks and chips to body, rim, and handles, and top portion covered in hair-like fibers, otherwise very good. Nice earthen deposits throughout.