Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

by John H. House
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873654013

ISBN-13: 9780873654012

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press


In 1879 Edwin Curtiss set out for the wild St. Francis River region of northeastern Arkansas to collect archaeological specimens for the Peabody Museum. By the time Curtiss completed his fifty-six days of Arkansas fieldwork, he had sent nearly 1,000 pottery vessels to Cambridge and had put the Peabody on the map as the repository of one of the world's finest…  See more details below

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In 1879 Edwin Curtiss set out for the wild St. Francis River region of northeastern Arkansas to collect archaeological specimens for the Peabody Museum. By the time Curtiss completed his fifty-six days of Arkansas fieldwork, he had sent nearly 1,000 pottery vessels to Cambridge and had put the Peabody on the map as the repository of one of the world's finest collections of Mississippian artifacts. John House brings us a lively account of the work of this nineteenth-century fieldworker, the Native culture he explored, and the rich legacies left by both. The result is a vivid re-creation of the world of Indian peoples in the Mississippi River lowlands in the last centuries before European contact. The volume's focus is Curtiss's collection of charming and expressive effigy vessels: earthenware bowls and bottles that incorporate forms of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and humans, including the Peabody's famous red-and-white head vase.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873654012
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Series:
Peabody Museum Collections Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
7.58(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Foreword: Discovering the Curtiss Collection, by Ian W. Brown


Acknowledgments

Edwin Curtiss's Pioneering Archaeological Explorations in Arkansas


"This Is the Place We Have Long Sought"


"I Am Afraid that I Shall Be Interfeared with by High Water"


Color Plates

Notes


Suggested Reading

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