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Effigy pipe

Mississippian Piasa effigy pipe
AD 1300–1500
Moundville, Hale County, Alabama
Glendon limestone
14 x 7 x 11 cm
Clarence B. Moore Collection

This stone effigy pipe is carved in the round in the form of a Piasa, a supernatural being of the Underworld that combines features of various animals, usually a panther, snake, and bird. A Paisa can also combine the features of humans and deer, but, as seen here, a feline form usually predominates.

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