CALHOUN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
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This picture shows the back of one of the copper
masks from Meppen, Illinois. The long
nose extends outward on the
opposite side. The facial
features are typical of most god masks.
There is a bi-
lobed headdress, a horizontal line across the
two large round eyes and a straight line for a mouth.
"It may be suggested that the two
knobs on the head
represent the castellated headdress or hair. Such
topknot is a common hairstyle for many Mississippian
figurines" (Emerson: 1982). The eyes are a noticeable
out" features on most god masks. They are usually
and round and have pupils in the center and sometimes
circle. In Winnebago mythology these small
masks are described
as "little faces with winking eyes.
(Reilly III: 2004).