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PANAMA POLYCHROME-TYPE A - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PANAMA POLYCHROME-TYPE A
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
PANAMA
Production Date Range:
1600-1650
Defining Attributes:
Hard, compact brick-red paste with sand tempering.

Off-white background enamel that tends to have a bluish-white or greenish-white cast.

Designs are painted in combinations of light blue, light green and manganese brown or purple. The paint can appear foamy or fuzzy, and the edges of the design elements often appear to bleed or blur.

Motifs include stylized, hastily –executed floral elements painted around the rim in a band, and in the center of vessels. Other motifs include curves, swirls, wavy lines, and splotches, which may in fact be portions of floral designs.

Vessel Forms:
BACIN
BOWL
BRIMMED PLATO
FLOWER POT
Comments:
It is believed that pieces of Panama Polychrome-Type A with fuzzy edges date later to those with crisp edges to designs.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 1987:91; Goggin 1968:163-165; Rovira 2001; Long 1967