TYPE: Mancos Polychrome (Hayes and Landcaster, 1975; 129)

DATE: A.D. 1000 to 1150 (See comments)

BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary interior designs, occasionally secondary exterior designs.

COMMON DESIGNS: Designs are the same as Mancos Black-on-White , however darker black mineral paint used for the basic layout design with lighter vegetal black paint used for filler elements. The same mineral black paint (spread thin) would produce a similar effect (see comments).

KEY DIFFERENCES: Mineral and vegetal paints used in combination with each other.

COMMENTS: Dates are assumed to be the same as Mancos Black-on-White. If it can be proven that Mancos Polychrome did in fact decorate the surfaces with mineral and organic paint on the same vessel, or that it was indeed intentional to use darker and lighter shades of the same paint in a decorative manner, then the type would be valid. However, I have seen several instances of the latter where this has happened unintentionally. The outlining of the design is darker (applied heavier), and the filler paint is the same paint but lighter (applied thinner) in areas on the vessel, but not consistently in all areas of the same repeated design on the vessel. I have seen this effect on several different Anasazi and Mogollon black-on-white types, as well as several different Hohokam red-on-buff and red-on-brown types.


1N Mancos Polychrome Ladle

Approximate Dimensions: 4 1/2" by 2 5/8" by 1 3/8"

2Y Mancos Polychrome Canteen

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/2" by 5 1/2"


3N Mancos Polychrome Bowl


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