TYPE: Medanos Polychrome
(AKA: Medanos Red-on-Brown)
DATE: A.D. 1250 to 1475 (Rakita and Raymond, 2003;160)
COMMON BACKGROUND COLOR(S): Brown.
KEY DIFFERENCES: Red (sometimes black and red) designs painted on a white slip that was applied to brown ware jars with textured necks.
Red and Black Painted
COMMENTS: This type is also known as "Medanos Red-on-Brown", however it is clearly a polychrome. A chalky, sometimes thin, white slip was applied in a large band around the mid-section (sometimes including the entire bottom) of brown ware jars, then red designs were painted on the white slip. The upper part of the jar is usually textured for added decoration. The non-slipped upper part of the jar is brown making it polychrome (see article titled "What is a Polychrome?" in this guide).
1Y Medanos Polychrome Jar (punctated variety).
Vertical short red lines were painted on the inner rim of this jar, the rim is painted red also.
Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/4" by 3 1/2"
2N Medanos Polychrome Jar (incised variety).
3Y Medanos Polychrome Jar (incised variety).
Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/8" by 5 1/2"
4Y Medanos Polychrome Scored Jar (four colors)
Approximate Dimensions: 5 3/4" by 4 3/4"
5Y Medanos Polychrome Jar
Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/2" by 7 1/2"
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