Cherokee Stamped Or Incised Designs

The Cherokees used paddle stamping to imprint different designs on their pottery. When the clay was still wet various carved wooden paddles were used to slap the exterior of the pot which leaves behind these distinct designs.  They also employed a stylus to incise the rims of some of the smaller vessels.  The bottom photo displays a river cane stylus that was used by freehand to create incised decorations near the rim of the vessel.

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