TYPE: Matsaki Polychrome 

DATE: A.D. 1475 to 1680+ (Lanmon & Harlow, 2008;73)

BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary interior designs often with secondary exterior unit designs.

DESIGNS: Primary designs focus on the center interior of bowls. Designs often look like Jeddito Sityaki Polychrome.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Matsaki Polychrome is made with a much coarser paste than the Jeddito Ware, Sikyatki Polychrome.  Matsaki Polychrome is slipped whereas Sikyatki Polychrome is not. The slip can be well polished but often appears crackled and usually fires to a yellow or buff color but occasionally fires to orange or white, often with large fire-clouds.


1N Matsaki Polychrome bowl with an interesting design. This specimen is very well polished and didn't show the characteristic crackling of the slip on the interior(the exterior slip is crackled).



2N Matsaki Polychrome Jar. 

This well polished jar has four colors: black, stippled black (producing a light "shade" of black), and red, on a yellow background. Stippling is also commonly seen on Jeddito Wares,

such as Jeddito Stippled and Sityatki Polychrome.

Approximate Dimensions: 11 1/4" or 28.5 cm. by 7" or 17.8 cm.


3N White slipped Matsaki Polychrome bowl.


4N Miniature Matsaki Polychrome bowl.



5N Matsaki Polychrome Olla with stylized bird and butteryfly



6N Matsaki Polychrome Bowl


7N Matsaki Polychrome Bowl

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


8N Matsaki Polychrome Bowl


9N Matsaki Polychrome Olla





10N Matsaki Polychrome Olla with an orange slip

Approximate Dimensions: 12 1/4" by 7 1/4"



11Y Matsaki Polychrome Olla (late shape)

Approximate Dimensions: 11" by 7"





12N Matsaki Polychrome Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/4" by 4"


13Y Matsaki Polychrome Lion Paw Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 9" by 3 1/2"



14Y Matsaki Polychrome Splatter Bowl

The interior X's and exterior pairs of diagonal lines appear to be painted in black, while the rim appears to be painted in red. It also appears to have red and black "splatter" throughout the interior.

Approximate Dimensions: 5 1/2" by 3"



15Y Matsaki Polychrome Bowl

This bowl likely dating to A.D.       to       based on its late shape has

red splatter paint over its black-on-yellow design.

Approximate Dimensions: 8" by 3 1/4"



16Y Matsaki Polychrome Flat Bottom Bowl (A.D. 1475 to 1680+)

The interior design is faded yet appears to have red and black "splatter" paint, and

a depiction of a fruit or vegetable and its seeds, perhaps an apple?

Is this the first apple portrayed on Native American Art? In 1625 the first apple orchard was planted in Boston, Massachusetts (according to Wikipedia on the internet 2012). According to "Buzzle" on the internet (2012), "By the 1640's apple orchards were well established across the U.S.".

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


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