Large Ancestral Head, Tennessee, ca 1200 A.D.
For a relatively short period time in the Southeast, in an era of hereditary Chiefs and Chiefdoms, large stone figural statues were created. These were typically made in male and female pairs representative of ancestors. This stone head was broken in antiquity off a full figure statue. Gazing upward with stylized face and with stylized hair carved on the reverse. Showing strong remnants of red ochre on surface. Height 7 3/4 in. (19.4 cm.)