Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande ValleyNorthern Rio GrandePecosPecos Glaze WarePecos Glaze Polychrome

Type Name: Pecos Glaze Polychrome

Period: 1550 A.D. - 1680 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley
Branch: Northern Rio Grande
Tradition: Pecos
Ware: Pecos Glaze Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2014

Pecos Glaze-polychrome as described Mera (1933) represents a variant of Glaze distinguished by very thick and rounded rims. This type is assigned to distinctive rim that at similar and contemporaneous to Glaze E (Prim forms that appear to have been produced at Pecos Pueblo sometime between A.D. 1550 and 1680 and appears to be fairly late, often contemporaneous of vessels assigned to Glaze F.

Pecos Glaze Polychrome differs from other Glaze E forms by the presence of a thick yellow to creamy slip (Morales 1997). Temper consists of sand or sandstone (Kidder and Shepard 1936). Rim shape varies, but is usually thick and rounded and may resemble a comma in cross-section (Dittert and Plog 1989; Kidder and Shepard 19360). Early forms of this type resemble Glaze C shapes. The upper bowl exterior is often covered with a light slip while a red slip covers the lower body and neck interior. Bowls exhibit rounded bottoms with short and stubby incurving rims (Morales 1997). Painted decorations are executed in runny dark brown glaze paint and a dark red matte paint. Designs are similar to those noted on contemporaneous glaze ware types although anthropomorphic figures may be more common.

Dittert, Alfred E, and Fred Plog
1980 Generations in Clay; Pueblo Pottery of the American Southwest. Northland Press, Flagstaff.

Kidder, Alfred V., and Anna O. Shepard
1936 The Pottery of Pecos, Volume II Glaze Paint, Culinary, and Other Wares. Papers of the Phillips Academy No.7, New Haven.

Mera, H. P.
1933 A Proposed Revision of the Rio Grande Glaze Paint Sequence. Laboratory of Anthropology Technical Series Bulletin No. 5. Santa Fe.

Morales, Thomas M.
1997 Glazeware Pottery Production and Distributionin the Upper-Middle Rio Grande Valley. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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