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GUADALAJARA POLYCHROME - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
GUADALAJARA POLYCHROME
Category:
UNGLAZED COARSE EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
Production Date Range:
1650-1800
Defining Attributes:
Thin, fine greyish-buff coarse earthenware paste.

Burnished surface with same background color as the paste, painted with floral and geometric patterns in black, brown, rust, red and orange.

Small, thin-walled decorative vessel forms, often with very small loop handles.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
JAR
SAUCER
VASE
Comments:
This type has had several names since it’s initial regognition. These have included i Mexican Type-A ware or Aztec IV (Smith 1949), Tonolá Ware (Fairbanks 1972), and Tonolá Bruñida Ware (Charlton and Katz 1979). Tonolá ware has since been redefined as a related but later (Barnes 1980). The clay of Guadalajara ware, known as búcaro, was thought by the Spaniards to have beneficial properties for women, and vessels made from it were were shipped in large quantities to Spain.
Published Definitions:
Barnes 1980; Charlton and Katz 1979; Fairbanks 1972; Smith 1949