This wonderful and rare effigy was excavated on the Tommy Cox ranch in New Mexico in the summer of 1998. It measures 7.25 inches long, 7.5 inches tall and 4.75" wide at the breast. The piece was made to be a canteen as evidenced by the two loops; one loop is at the tail and the other at the back of the neck. The top of the spout shows significant wear from what was most likely the stopper which held the water in. The eyes are each protruding and emphasized by a black mask-like design. It should be specifically noted that this piece has absolutely no restoration of any kind which means that all four of the legs are original and unbroken.
The sides exhibit a classic Reserve lightening design with the back a plain white. Of specific note is the symbol on the breast which is that of an upside down, headless, human. The significance of this symbol is not fully understood.
Effigy figures are some of the most highly sought of all the Anasazi pottery and perfect mint examples are exceedingly rare.