TYPE: Tanque Verde Red-on-Black

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

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

COMMON BACKGROUND COLORS: Primary design background color black, secondary design background color can be Brown, White, or Black. 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): Smudged gray to black interiors (often mottled with brown).


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
Red-on-Black, Brown
Red-on-Black, Red-on-Black
Red-on-Black, Red-on-Brown (Polytech)
Red-on-Black, White Slipped
Red-on-Black, Red-on-White (Polytech)

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


1Y Hohokam Early Tanque Verde Red-on-Black (ca. 1125-1300)

hemispherical bowl with an interior primary design consisting of a trisected layout, interestingly not connected.  It has panels of conjoined rectilinear scrolls and large triangles filled with crosshatching.  The exterior has a large secondary design consisting of three stacks of nested chevrons.  I like to call bowls such as this one and the one described below, polytechs because they are polychromes technically, Red-on-Black interior, and Red-on-Brown exterior.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 5/8" or 19.5cm by 3" or 7.8cm.




2N Hohokam Tanque Verde Red-on-Black (ca. 1125-1450) shallow bowl (Polytech).

Red-on-Black interior, Red-on-Brown exterior.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 7/8" or 17.5cm by 2" or 5.2cm.



3N Hohokam Tanque Verde Red-on-Black (ca.1125-1450) platter-bowl.

An extremely fine example with an offset quartered layout, panels of negative lightling bolts and thick line interlocking rectilinear scrolls. 

Approximate Dimensions: 15 1/2" or 39.4cm by 4 1/4" or 10.8cm.

If you follow the negative line of the center scroll you will see that it takes you out of the scroll to the top of the bowl.  This is somewhat reminiscent of the "Man in the Maize" design found on O'atam pottery and baskets of today.  The O'atam Native Americans are thought to be the decendants of the Hohokam.


4N Hohokam Tanque Verde Red-on-Black (ca. 1125-1450)
platter bowl with a banded design of rectilinear scrolls with ticking.  The white dots appear to be splattered white paint, although probably not intentional, perhaps splatter from the

potter painting a Saguaro Polychrome? I have seen red paint splatter

on plainware vessels from apparently this same reason.

Approximate Dimensions: 14 3/4" or 37.5cm by 4 3/4" or 12cm.

5Y Hohokam Tanque Verde Red-on-Black Platter Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 17 1/2" by 5 1/4"

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