TYPE: Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown

DATE: AD 1125– 1450 (Wallace 1995;465) (see comments)

COMMON TANQUE VERDE FORMS: Same as Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown.

COMMON BACKGROUND COLORS: Primary design background color: brown (natural), secondary design background color: white (Slipped), or black (Smudged). Brown can be light Tan to Brown to Orange. White can be Buff to White. Black can be light Gray to Black often with “patches” of Brown.

COMMON DESIGN PLACEMENT: Same as Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown

COMMON DESIGNS: Same as Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown.

KEY DIFFERENCE(S): Large deep bowls with indented bottoms and primary designs on the exteriors. No “helmet” bowls. No exterior “trailing lines”. Jars with straight necks often with designs on the necks, and classic shoulders. Designs still begin at the shoulder, but the shoulder is lower on the jar, well below maximum diameter. Tanque Verde jars are approximately as tall as they are wide unlike the preceding type Rincon, which are usually wider than they are tall. Interestingly, the possibly succeeding Pima and Papago jars tend to be taller than they are wide.


Color Key: Red=Paint, On Red=Red to Orange Slip, Black=Paint, On Black=Black or Grey Smudge (often “mottled” with brown), White=Paint, On White=White or Buff Slip, Buff=Buff Slip, Brown=Natural Pottery Background.

Primary Design Field, Secondary Design Field
Black-on-Brown, Brown
Black-on-Brown, Black-on-Brown
Black-on-Brown, Black Smudged
Black-on-Brown, Black-on-Black (Polytech)
Black-on-Brown, Black-on-White (Polytech)

COMMENTS: Dates are based on several archaeologists contributions, read article in this guide titled: Rincon -Tanque Verde Transitional Ceramics (King, 2004).



1N Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Black-on-Black (Polytech) Jar

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


2Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Brown Variety.



3Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Black-on-Brown Variety.



4Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Black (Gray) Smudged Variety.



5Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Black-on-Black Variety.


6Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown, Black-on-White Variety.



7Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Black-on-Brown Seed Bowl with no interior design.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/2" by 5 1/2"

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