A.D. 650 – 675 (Wallace, 1995;465)
COMMON FORMS: Regular shaped bowls and jars with normal round shoulders
COMMON BACKGROUND COLORS: Natural gray, brown, or both. Some have an
exterior red slip.
EXTERIOR TREATMENT: Tool polished. First instance of incising, at Snaketown
less then 01% are coiled and incised (Gladwin,1965;202).
The incising is a slight deepening of the troughs between polished 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.
PASTE: Non-porous. Variable amounts of mica-Schist noticable - some
vessels have a little, most have alot.
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
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 (averaging app. 8mm or 5/16” in width) on interiors
that were not polished over the linework. Some examples have coiled exteriors that have
grooved troughs between the coils.
This bowl is believed to be Hohokam Estrella Red-on-Gray, it has a
with the Snaketown Collection)
2N Estrella Red-on-Gray Bowl made to look like a single coil went into the making of it,
although if you look close, you can see joints. The interior and exterior is polished but the painted
lines are not polished over, and there is no grooving between the coils.
Approximate Dimensions: 5 3/4" by 3"
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