TYPE: Sells Red

DATE: A.D. 1125 to 1450+ (see comments)

COMMON FORMS: Most Sells Redware bowls have flared rims and intentional indented bottoms (external view) that often looks like a circular “raised spot” when looking at the interior. Most jars have classic shoulders with tall neck rims.

MICACEOUS TEMPER: Extremely fine when present.

COMMON COLORS: Red. Sells Redware is usually fire-clouded on exteriors only.

EXTERIOR TREATMENT: Notably the most important factor in determining Sells Red from other redware are the patterned polishing striations found on this ware. Bowl interiors and exteriors, as well as jar exteriors, have polishing striations parallel along the rim and vertical or slanted along body.

KEY DIFFERENCE(S): Polishing striations parallel to the rim and at a vertical or slanted angle to the body.

COMMENTS: Dates are based on when the Classic Period began. Read article in this guide titled: Rincon-Tanque Verde Transtional Ceramics (King, 2004)

Close-up of Polishing Striations


1N Hohokam Sells Red Flare-rim Bowl.

Approximate Dimensions: 11 3/4" or 30cm by 3" or 7.5cm.



2Y Hohokam Sells Red Bowl (late).

Approximate Dimensions: 8" by 3 1/4"




3Y Hohokam Sells Red Jar (late).

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 6"



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