TYPE: Polacca Polychrome

DATE: A.D. 1780 to 1900 (Wade and McChesney, 1981;17)

BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary and secondary designs can be on either interiors or exteriors.


Style A: (1780-1820) Designs are similar to Puname and San Pablo Polychromes. Rims are usually painted red. Often the red is "carried over" the top, as well as to the inner and outer "lip" of the rim.

Style B: (1820-1860) Designs are similar to Kiaptka and early Zuni Polychromes. Rims are usually painted red until about 1860 then they are usually (but not always) painted black (Wade and McChesney, 1981;565).

Style C: (1860-1890) Designs are usually similar to classic Zuni Polychrome however, occasionally earlier motifs are mixed in, such as Payupki and even Sityatki motifs. Katcina faces, birds, and flowers are common. Rims are usually painted black, however red rims occasionally occur.

Style D: (1890-1900) Designs are like those found on Sityatki Polychrome and is considered a revival of the type.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Thick white to buff slip that is usually "crazed" or "crackled". Red slipped bases not always present, but common.

FORMS: Jars with concave bases are normal for Styles A and B (1760-1860) after that the bases are usually flat or round and concave bases becomes rare.





1Y Polacca Polychrome Square Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 5 1/4" by 4 1/8" by 1 5/8"


2Y Polacca Polychrome Cup, missing handle.

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


3Y Polacca Polychrome Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/2" by 3"


4Y Polacca Polychrome Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 12 3/4" by 5 1/2"


5Y Polacca Polychrome Pipe

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



6Y Polacca Polychrome Jar with Birds

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/2" by 5"


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