Chaco style female effigy

Ancestral Pueblo
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General Description

This ancient Chaco style human effigy vessel may illustrate a female figure who wears an elaborate necklace, bracelet, and loincloth or skirt. Smudging across the face, which is due to an accident of firing, obscures the facial features; however, the artist modeled hair buns to either side of the head. The bi-lobed buns closely resemble a ceremonial hairstyle—known as butterfly whorls—worn by Hopi and Tewa women.

Excerpt from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit, Label text, 2018.