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Les Iroquoiens


École Pointe-Lévy, Lévis, Quebec

Iroquoian Pottery Vessel (Ongwehonweh)

Unpainted clay pot with incised decoration

This pot was found in eastern Ontario, near Perth, in the 1890s. It was made by an Iroquoian woman who carefully decorated the outside of the pot while it was still wet, using a sharp bone or stick. She decorated it with motifs made of lines and dots that had been handed down for generations and which indicated her identity. Archaeologists classify these decorations as St. Lawrence Iroquoian. Pots like this are durable and were used for cooking, by placing hot rocks in the food inside the pot.

Maker: Iroquoian potter
1600 - 1650 AD
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