Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziSouthern CibolaZuni Historic Matte Paint WareKiapkwa Polychrome

Type Name: Kiapkwa Polychrome

Period: 1770 A.D. - 1850 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Central Anasazi
Tradition: Southern Cibola
Ware: Zuni Historic Matte Paint Ware

First posted by Dean Wilson 2014

Kiapkwa Polychrome was defined by Harlow (1967). Traits reflect the adoption of styles associated with more globular jar forms with enlarged mid bodies in the Zuni area during the late eighteenth century and into the middle nineteenth century (Harlow 1973; Harlow and Lammon 2003).

The area along the base which was slipped red was lowered and the flared neck was shortened. The red slip along the rim top was replaced by a line in black mineral paint. Paste is white, gray to buff, and tempered with crushed sherd. The design layout merged to an overall pattern on the body with a narrow band on the neck. Designs include hachured ribbons with wide or narrow edging and tongues in stylized feathers.

Harlow, Francis H.

1967 Historic Pueblo Indian Pottery, Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe.

1973 Matte Paint Pottery of the Tewa, Keres, and Zuni Pueblos. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

Harlow, Francis H. and Dwight P. Lammon
2003 The Pottery of Zia Pueblo. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe.

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