TYPE: Rillito Red-on-White

DATE: A.D. 850 - 950 (Wallace, 1995;465)

COMMON DESIGNS: Repeated elements are often arranged in concentric bands to give a spiral or whirling effect. The offset quarter design begins at this time. The “fringe” design (bands of fringe and repeated elements) which began one phase earlier and lasted one phase later, was most common during this phase.  Rillito designs often employ only one or two motifs. Exterior "helmet" bowl designs usually have four to eight (sometimes more or less, sometimes paired or tripled) equally spaced trailing lines. Opposed keys are no longer used. The "key" motif became the "wavy edged solid", and "ticked solid" in this phase. Concentric, zig-zag straight connected to wavy lines appears in this phase.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Red designs painted on a thin white slipped background. Rillito Red-on-White is usually tool polished while Phoenix area Santa Cruz Red-on-Buff is usually only hand smoothed. Phoenix area vessels are usually buff slipped even on undecorated areas of jars and vessels you can fit your hand in, while Tucson area white slipped vessels are most often slipped only on primary decorated areas.



1N Hohokam Rillito Red-on-White Flared-Rim Bowl

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




2Y Hohokam Rillito Red-on-White Vase

Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/2" by 7 1/4"


3N Hohokam Rillito Red-on-White Shallow Bowl with eight equally spaced trailing lines.

Approximate Dimensions: 10 3/4" by 3"



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