TYPE: Puerco Gray Polychrome

DATE: A.D. 1030 to 1150

KEY DIFFERENCES: Puerco Black-on-White with a white or black design painted on an area of gray background.

COMMENTS: Gray polychromes are found within many whiteware types. Many whiteware types may have an unslipped gray exterior, yet most researchers do not consider these polychromes because the gray is not painted or within the design field. A white painted band or design is not to be confused with "slip slop". "Slip slop" is where white slip may have gotten on a gray area intentionally or accidentally but is not a painted design. For example, many whiteware jars, ollas, pitchers, etc. have intentionally white slipped rim or neck interiors and many bowls have accidental "slip slop" on their exteriors. Redware jars, pitchers, canteens, etc., also often have slip along the inner rims and or necks as does the whitewares, but the gray or brown interiors of these vessels are not meant to be seen and is usually not part of the overall design scheme. See article titled: What is a Polychrome?




1Y Anasazi/Mogollon Puerco Gray Polychrome Bowl with three handles.

This bowl must have had the clay flake off at the rim while in the pottery

making stage for the design was painted over the chip.

Approximate Dimensions: 5" by 2"



2N Anasazi/Mogollon Puerco Gray Polychrome Bowl.



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