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Pottery: plate

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  • This undated pottery plate was made by Cherokee potter Gwen Conseen. Its rounded form was built using the coil method, raising the sides slightly to form a shallow depression The earthenware was burnished to a light sheen before the designs were incised into the surface of the clay. A vignette carved into the interior of the plate depicts an eagle in flight and a bear. A curved form in the upper right represents either the moon or the sun.