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Above) This pitcher is in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It's a Late Mississippian dog effigy and rather more realistic than typical and more likely represented a household pet, rather than mythologized as are the pots with water-symbols, sun-symbols, or dragonish transformations such as are also seen, further west, in petroglyphs.

Below) Negative-resist ceremaic effigy dog vessel of the Mississippian period (1200-1400), less than ten inches tall, faintly decorated with water symbols. It was recovered from a site near Nashville and is now in the Thurston Collection of Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

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