TYPE: Babocamari Polychrome

DATE: A.D. 1200 to 1450 (Heckman 2000;23,40)

PRIMARY BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Bowls most often have primary exterior designs along with secondary interior designs. Occasionally primary interior designs.

COMMON DESIGNS: Design layouts and motifs are usually the same as Tanque Verde Polychrome and Santa Cruz Polychrome.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Babocamari Polychrome most often has a distinctive thick white slip with large flakes of Muscovite mica showing on the surface. Paste is usually light colored tan or whitish. Santa Cruz Polychrome usually has a thick chalky white slip (that is often crackled) without Muscovite mica, and the paste is usually darker. Vessels of both types are generally approximately 1/8 of an inch thicker than most decorated Hohokam vessels of equal size. Hohokam Tanque Verde Polychrome occasionally has a thin white slip.

FORMS: Bowls, seed jars, "marriage vessels".



Tucson Basin Brownware: Tanque Verde Polychrome

Pimeria Brownware: Santa Cruz Polychrome

COMMENTS: Most Babocamari Polychrome vessels were paddle and anvil thinned (Heckman, 2000;25). Construction and designs closely resemble Hohokam Tanque Verde ceramics. This is why I solely have put these ceramics under Hohokam/Mogollon.




1Y Babocamari Polychrome "marriage" vessel.

Approximate Dimensions: 10" or 25.4 cm. by 6" or 15.2 cm. by 5" or 12.7 cm.


2N Babocamari Polychrome Seed Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/4" by 6"


Revised: 04/28/2013

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