TYPE: Cliff Polychrome is like Gila Polychrome in every respect except for: bowl rims are slightly flared or recurved compared to the straight or incurved rims found on Gila Polychrome bowls, the wide "spirit line" is now below a band of decoration instead of at the top, and has a later beginning date. This type was originally described by Harlow, 1968 and recently described by Lyons, 2004.

DATE: A.D. 1350 to 1450 (Neuzil & Lyons 2005;34)

DESIGNS: Designs are in the banded Gila Style, however there are two (rarely three) bands of design usually separated by a wide line or "spirit line".

KEY DIFFERENCES: Bowls usually recurved rim in form. Interior bowl layout, dual design with a thin band design usually to the rim, below that is usually a wide "spirit line", and below that is a large design that usually covers the entire bottom and partly up the wall. Jar layouts usually dual banded (rarely three) with the largest band of design being at the lower part of the jar.  Band designs are usually separated by wide black lines, occasionally wide red lines separate the designs.  Los Muertos Polychrome incorporate thin red line work or motifs. Tonto Polychrome usually has a lot of red "surrounding" black-on-white designs or is part of the design motif scheme (other than banding lines that separate black-on-white designs).

VARIETIES:

Bowls: with or without a painted exterior.

Vases, Olla's, or Jars: with or without red. Some vessels have a wide red band separating the upper and lower designs.

COMMENTS: The original description of Cliff Polychrome by Harlow, 1968, includes jars as well as bowls (personal communication with Mr. Harlow 06/03/2010)

  

1Y Salado Cliff Polychrome bowl. 

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 3 3/4"

 

2Y Salado Cliff Polychrome Bowl (Zuni Variety).

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 3 1/8"

 

3N Salado Cliff Polychrome Bowl.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/8" by 3 1/4"

   

4Y Salado Cliff Polychrome Bowl.

Approximate Dimensions: 10 3/4" by 5 3/4"

 

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5N Salado Cliff Polychrome Olla, exhibiting a bold design.

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6N Salado Cliff Polychrome Jar.

 

7Y Salado Cliff Polychrome Vase

Approximate Dimensions: 6 5/8" by 6 1/2"

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8N Salado Cliff Polychrome Bottle.

 

 

9N Salado Cliff Polychrome Double-Lobe Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 6 3/4" by 5 1/2"

10Y Salado Cliff Polychrome Rare Triple-Lobed Jar

Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/2" by 7"

 

 

11Y Salado Cliff Polychrome Double Lobed Olla

Approximate Dimensions: 8" by 6 1/2"

 

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