Marksville containers from Mound 4 vary in size and shape. Some, like this one, are oddly shaped and difficult to describe. The function or purpose of this unique shape is unknown. The main figure in the design has two parts: a central triangular segment attached to a curving serpentine part. It is not clear what this design represents.


     This pot, like all from Marksville, was made from clay mixed with grog temper. The artist added tiny fragments of ground up pottery to the clay before making the container. This grog temper helped the pot hold its shape when the potter baked it in a fire to make it hard.


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