Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande ValleySouthern Rio GrandeMiddle Rio GrandePuname District Polychrome WareSan Pablo Polychrome

Type Name: San Pablo Polychrome

Period: 1750 A.D. - 1850 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley
Branch: Southern Rio Grande
Tradition: Middle Rio Grande
Ware: Puname District Polychrome Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2014

San Pablo was defined by Harlow (1967). Examples of pottery that would be included here in San Pablo Polychrome include earlier examples of forms previously assigned to Trios Polychrome .(Frank and Harlow 1990; Harlow 1963; Harlow 1973). San Pablo Polychrome is similar to Puname Polychrome but reflects changes that occurred from the middle eighteenth to early nineteenth century (Frank and Harlow 1990; Harlow 1963; Harlow 1973). Jars bodies are spherical in shape with a short narrow neck. Changes also include a shift from rims decorated red to black pigment. The feather design persisted but became more stylized and is often paired in in diverging angles. Rectangular eyes and feather tips are incorporated into the design. Designs consist of alternating wide and narrow panels separated by framing lines with one of the panels decocrated consisting of a row of alternating arcs.

Frank, Larry and Francis H. Harlow
1990 Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians 1600-1880. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., West Chester.

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, Santa Fe.

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