Chestnut Burr Vessel


Some of the earliest pieces of pottery found in the Southeastern United States have been small vessels with protruding nubs. These vessels have been predominately found in Cherokee areas and have been called chestnut burr vessels. They have been called this because the burrs protruding from the sides of the vessels are about the size of a chestnut and like a chestnut, rattle when shaken.

This piece is a small bowl with eight burrs around the body of the vessel that form a cross of the four directions when viewed from the top. Each of the burrs has a spiral etched into the fired clay representing the whirlpools found on the old Tenasi River.



Chestnut Burr Vessel Photo

Medium: Hand coiled native clay, pit fired.

Description: 4"HX6"W. Smoothed to a matte finish and fired to a deep walnut brown. There are eight burrs protruding from the body of vessel. Each of the burrs has been etched with a spiral design to reveal the yellow clay beneath.

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