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Brimmed Bowl
This is an example of Caddoan potters responding to the European demand for tablewares. The Caddoan peoples did not eat at tables, so their serving pottery was designed with round bottoms to sit balanced on the ground. The European tradition of eating at a table required serving wares that had flat bottoms, or foot rings on the base so the vessel would sit on the table without wobbling. The brimmed bowl form was not produced by Caddoan potters until after the arrival of the Europeans. Caddoan potters also produced pitchers for the Spanish and French, and fragments of these have been recovered at Los Adaes. The base of a small bowl with a foot ring made by a Caddoan potter has also been found at Los Adaes. Pottery is abundant at Los Adaes, but the European-influenced wares have not been found in the early proveniences at Los Adaes. It seems that the European-influenced wares occur with some regularity after the 1730s. The maximum dimension of this brimmed bowl is 20.0 cm.”
Photo credit: George Avery
Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana