DATE: 650 – 675 A.D.
COMMON FORMS: Bowls and jars with normal round shoulders and bottoms.
SLIP: None or Red?
COMMON COLORS: Grey, brown, or both
EXTERIOR TREATMENT: First instance of incising, less then 01% are coiled
and incised. The incising is a slight deepening of the troughs between
coils. This is also true of some of the Vahki Red examples of the Estrella
Phase. Early examples of Estrella Red-on-Grey may have a polished red
slip on the exteriors, later examples do not.
DESIGN PLACEMENT: Usually interiors of bowls, rarely decorated on the
exterior of bowls.
COMMON DESIGNS: Early vessels show broadline simple designs, such as lines,
triangles, squares, and scrolls (non-interlocking), that were polished
over, creating a blurred effect as well as many later vessels having finer
lines that were not polished over. These “finer lines still average
8mm or 5/16” in width. (Haury 1976;221)
KEY DIFFERENCES: Early vessels have a red slip on exteriors with simple
polished broadline designs on interiors. Later vessels have no exterior
slip and narrower line work (app. 8mm or 5/16” in width) on interiors
that were not polished. Some examples have coiled exteriors that have
grooved troughs between the coils.