Antique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay maskAntique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay mask

The item is a head with very prominent features: eyes, eyebrows, high cheekbones, very prominent nose, pointed chin, and a wide closed mouth, portraying a smile; part of the top of the nose is missing. Wewahitchka is a city in Gulf County, Florida. The city took its name from an American Indian word meaning "water eyes". By the appearance of the small holes seen on the back and the perimeter, the head was attached to another item. Wewahitchka is near Apalachicola River and was inhabited by the Muscogee people and were referred to as Apalachicola Indians which no longer exist, but moved west and became absorbed into the Creek culture. The face on the head is very similar to a demon's head or the devil itself. The back of the head most probably was another head with a face. Their are many Native American mythological legends, one of them is the two-faced monster, also known as Sharp Elbows, which parallels the Plains Indians legend - the Creeks who did settle in Wewahitchka, Florida in the later part of the 19th century.

Date
C. Late 19th Century.

Height
8 inches
Length
7

Extra Notes
The original Native American Indians of Florida disappeared long ago. Of the ancient inhabitants of Florida, the Timucua were perhaps the most numerous and powerful. The divisions of the Timucua were the Acuuera, Mococo, Pohoy, Saturibe, Omatheaqua, Patans, Tacabago and the Yustago. The Seminole Indians have merged with these immigrants Indians, and also have merged with the Creeks who also were the first immigrants in Florida.

ITEM ID
01535
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Antique Water eyes wewahitchka American Indian clay mask

$375

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