Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Central AnasaziSouthern CibolaAcoma Historic Matte Paint WareLaguna Polychrome

Type Name: Laguna Polychrome

Period: 1830 A.D. - 1940 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Central Anasazi
Tradition: Southern Cibola
Ware: Acoma Historic Matte Paint Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2014

Ellis (1966) discussed differences between Laguna Polychrome and Acoma Polychrome. Differences may include the presence of sand or various dark temper fragments. In comparison with contemporaneous decorated pottery produced at Acoma, Laguna pottery retained several earlier features (Ellis 1966; Harlow 1973). Thus, compared with Acoma vessels, those from Laguna are often heavier, with connecting red band edges and display stroking marks on the white slip. Laguna vessels often exhibit more lavish use of red to paint bowl and jar interiors, with crude broad slip stokes on interior.

Ellis. Florence Hawley
1966 On Distinguishing Laguna from Acoma Polychrome. El Palacio 73(3):37-39.

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

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