TYPE: Kwakina Polychrome

DATE: A.D. 1300 to 1400 (Lanmon & Harlow, 2008;63)

DESIGN PLACEMENT: Bowls usually have primary interior designs on a white slip, secondary exterior designs that maybe in glaze, white, or glaze and white on a red slip. Jars usually have red slipped bottoms and necks with glaze or glaze and red designs on a white slipped band around the upper middle area. The necks and/or tops usually have glaze designs as well.


Glaze-on-White Interior, Red Exterior

Glaze-on-White Interior, White-on-Red Exterior

Glaze-on-White Interior, White and Glaze-on-Red Exterior

Glaze and Red-on-White Interior, White-on-Red Exterior

Glaze and Red-on-White Interior, Glaze-on-Red Exterior

Glaze and Red-on-White Interior, White and Black-on-Red Exterior


KEY DIFFERENCES: Thick, often runny glaze paint.  Bowl exteriors red slipped, interiors white slipped, occasionally interiors are part red and white slipped.

COMMENTS: Glaze paint may be black, green, or other color. Sometimes, if the glaze paint is eroded away, there may be a purple stain left in its place.



1N This variety of Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome has white painted designs on the exterior, and glaze painted designs on the interior.


2N This variety of Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome has no exterior designs.


3N Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome Bowl with no exterior design.


The above Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome bowl (3N) and this shard (4N) shows that occasionally the glaze paint bled an attractive pink stain into the white kaolin slip.




5Y This variety of Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome has glaze black and matte red paints on the interior, while the exterior has a glaze black painted design.

Approximate Dimensions: 8" or 20.3 cm. by 4" or 10 cm.




6Y Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome with Black and White on exterior.

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/2" by 4 1/4"




7Y Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome with no exterior linework.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 7/8" by 3 7/8"




8N Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome Jar with a glaze-on-red (inner and outer) rim designs and a

glaze-on-white (upper mid-section) body design. The bottom is slipped red.


9N Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome Olla Sherd




10N Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome Canteen




11Y Anasazi Kwakina Polychrome Effigy Vessel

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 6 3/4" by 4 1/2"


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