TYPE: Chaco Gray Polychrome

DATE: A.D. 1050 to 1200

KEY DIFFERENCES: Chaco 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 Chaco Gray Polychrome Bowl. The gray interior may have been

an accident during firing (it was "supposed" to be white), but what is

not accidental is the white band painted on the gray exterior.

Approximate Dimensions: 4 3/4" by 2 1/4"


2Y Chaco Gray Polychrome Pitcher.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/4" by 5 3/4"

This pitcher has "slip slop" on the interior, but what makes it a gray

polychrome are the concentric circles painted on the gray bottom.

Some researchers may view this as a signature of the potter.


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