Cliff Polychrome - CA. 1300-1600

During the summer 2004 this bowl was correctly identified as Cliff Polychrome by John Marshall, an archaeologist working in Central Arizona. It was formerly catalogued as Gila Polychrome. The Logan Museum welcomes feedback and corrections.

Characteristics

Paste: Brick red to tan
Temper: Water-worn sand
Surface: Interiors have a thick white slip, lightly smoothed but not polished, while exteriors have a light red slip.
Forms: Bowls predominate, outcurving rims common
Design: Asymmetrical layouts common, centers usually painted. Band around rim carries simpler decoration.


BOWL

8" diameter
Tonto Basin, Arizona
LMA 16360


SHERD

Gila Polychrome
LMA 21191


SHERD

Gila Polychrome
LMA 21191


SHERD

Gila Polychrome
LMA 9306

The use of a "spirit break" is common in this type. The framing line around the rim was deliberately left unfinished to allow the spirit to escape the bowl. The break is visible at the upper left of the sherd.