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Blade

Caddoan blade
ca. AD 1100
Foster Place, Lafayette County, Arkansas
Flint
34.5 x 6.5 cm
Clarence B. Moore Collection
17/442

This is an exquisite example of a ceremonial Mississippian biface blade. To this day, blades are carried by the Creek—descendants of the Mississippians—during girls’ puberty ceremonies. The blade is used during the ceremony to purify the ground for the young women.

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