TYPE: Santa Cruz Polychrome

DATE:  A.D. 1200 to 1450 (see comments)

PRIMARY BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Interiors and/or exteriors.

COMMON DESIGNS: Designs are usually very similar to Tanque Verde and Babocamari Polychromes.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Red and black designs painted on a thick white non-micaceous slip that is often crackled. Tanque Verde Polychrome occasionally has a thin white slip that usually is never crackled or crazed. Babocamari Polychrome usually has lots of mica visible on the surface whereas Santa Cruz Polychrome does not.



Babocamari Polychrome and Tanque Verde Polychrome

COMMENTS: Dates are believed to be the same as Babocamari Polychrome. I have put Santa Cruz Polychrome under Hohokam/Mogollon solely because the designs and layouts so closely resemble Hohokam Tanque Verde Brownware. Some of the shards below also appear to have been made with the paddle and anvil thinning technique, showing anvil impressions and "flat" air pockets in cross-section.


Interiors                                                          Exteriors 

1N Santa Cruz Polychrome Bowl shards.

(Upper left shard measures 3 1/4" or 8.3 cm. long by 2 3/8" or 6 cm. wide)


  Interior                                                          Exterior 

2N Same upper left shard from previous photo's, but now photographed wet.


Exteriors                                                         Interiors (Highly Polished)

3N Santa Cruz Polychrome Jar Shards.



4Y Santa Cruz Polychrome Bowl.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/4" by 3 1/4"


Revised: 03/15/2013

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