Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Western AnasaziTusayan (Kayenta)Jeddito Yellow WarePaayu Polychrome

Type Name: Paayu Polychrome

Period: 1350 A.D. - 1500 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Western Anasazi
Tradition: Tusayan (Kayenta)
Ware: Jeddito Yellow Ware

Paayu Polychrome was defined by (Hays 1991) and is distinguished from Jeddito Black-on-yellow based on a polychrome effect created through the manipulation of density of manganese paint. This results in an effect similar to that noted in some water color painting techniques where the darker results from denser pigment and lighter color from more watery pigments. Surfaces are not slipped and exhibit a buff to yellow color and pastes exhibit fine sand particles similar to those described for Jeddito Black-on-yellow. A polychrome effect was created through the manipulation of paint density resulting in combinations of thinner light brown and thicker brown applications where the outer areas are outlined with a dark brown and filled with a lighter brown paint. Designs are usually by bold images similar to those noted in Jeddito Black-on-yellow. The appearance of this new decorative technique is one of several manifestations of a broadening stylistic repertoire by the middle of the 14th century that ultimately result in the production of Sikyatki polychrome where decorations in both black or brown and red or range paint reflect decorations applied in different pgments.


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