These two decorated pots and a bowl, obtained from Museum of Indian Arts & Culture collections, were found at 17th-century archaeology sites in Northern New Mexico. The pots represent the evolution of 17th-century matte-paint decorative treatment from Sankawi Black-on-cream to Tewa Polychrome. Sankawi Black-on-cream was made during the early 17th century and featured decorations on the rim, bulge and lower portion of the jar. The later Tewa Polychrome is decorated onlyon the bulge, while the neck and lower vessel are red-slipped. This is a temporal trend in decoration that may show the influence of the Spanish on Pueblo potters. The third vessel is a glaze-on-red bowl in a traditional 17th-century Puebloan form. Glaze-painted pottery was made for 400 years before phasing out during the first or second generation after the Spanish returned in 1693. Photo by Blair Clark, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
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