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ARANAMA POLYCHROME - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
ARANAMA POLYCHROME
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
PUEBLA, MEXICO
Production Date Range:
1750-1800
Defining Attributes:
Cream to orange-colored, hard, compact paste.

Interior and Exterior are covered with an off-white backgroud enamel.

Orange band framed in brown-black around the rim and around the base of the brim.

Brim and center of vessel are filled with floral and geometric designs with green and yellow the predominant colors.

A second variety is defined by a black-bordered orange rim band with orange and yellow floral elements pendant from it. In the center of the vessel is a human figure.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
PLATE
TAZA
Comments:
This type marked the initiation of a green-on-orange polychrome tradition that extended throughout the 19th century in Mexico and replaced the 18th century blue-on-white emphasis. The second variety is easily confused with Abo Polychrome. The design motifs overlap but Abo generally has a freer use of blue, a larger number of balloon-like elements, and more open unpainted background areas than Aranama.
Published Definitions:
Goggin 1968; May 1972; Lister and Lister 1974; Deagan 1987