TYPE: Papago White-on-Brown

DATE: A.D. -1700 to 1860 (Fontana et al., 1962;104,106)

COMMON DESIGNS: Curvilinear and rectilinear designs are common.

KEY DIFFERENCES: White painted on a brown background. The white can appear thick and have a "caked and smeary appearance" (Haury, 1950;350). It is also very fugitive so if worn away can appear like a very thin white stain.


The previous photo and this one shows a close-up view of the wire repair (interior)

Close-up of wire repair (exterior)

Close-up of Basket Impression (exterior)

Previous photo and this one shows a close-up view of the very bottom of the exterior,

the basket impression has been worn away from use.

1N Papago White-on-Brown Platter Bowl, Approximate Dimensions: 20 1/2" by 7 1/2".

When this vessel was made wet pottery was pushed and pressed into a basket to form the base. The interior of this platter-bowl likely would have appeared extremely bright white when it was made, and must have been quite an "eye-catcher" when brought to events such as festivals or special occasions. Large platter-bowls were common in prehistoric times as well. Examples in this guide are: vessel #11Y with a diameter of 18 1/4" in the Gila Red Smudged (Phoenix area Soho Phase) section, vessel #5Y with a diameter of 17 1/2" in the Tanque Verde Red-on-Black section, vessel #3N with a diameter of 19 1/8" in the Sacaton Red-on-Buff (Shallow Bowls) section, vessel #2N with a diameter of 24 5/8" in the Gila Plain section, and vessel #7Y with a diameter of 16 1/4" in the Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown section.


2N Papago White-on-Brown Large Olla


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