MESA VERDE WHITEWARE
TYPE: Piedra Polychrome
DATE: A.D. 775 to 900 (Oppelt, 2008;33)
BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Interiors.
COMMON DESIGNS: Designs are likely to be the same as White Mound Black-on-White in the Cibola Whiteware section of this guide, however since the only example photographed may be the only one in existence, I shall describe the design: The design is rather open, composed of three separate long white lines (which appear to have been applied first) that turn and bend anywhere from sharp 90 degree angles to very slight curvilinear angles. The white lines were then outlined in vegetal black paint and more or less have connected solid triangles or barbs along one side of the white lines. The entire design is connected at the top inner rim with a thin black band.
SLIP OR SURFACE TREAMENT: The exterior has a thin well polished slip, the interior is not well polished, slightly rough but smoothed.
TEMPER: The temper is unknown, but fine.
COMMENTS: Piedra Polychrome is extremely rare and may be the oldest Anasazi polychrome type known other than the fugitive polychrome varieties of earlier black-on-white types. Both paints incorporated in Piedra Polychrome are fired on, whereas the fugitive polychrome types were made by applying fugitive red paint or slip to the exteriors of black-on-white bowls after they were fired.
1N Piedra Polychrome (775 to 900 A.D.)
Approximate Dimensions: 8 3/4" by 5" or 22.2cm by 12.7cm
White and black on gray interior, white slipped exterior. The exterior is more well polished than the interior.
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