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SANTA ELENA MOTTLED BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
SANTA ELENA MOTTLED BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
SPAIN, probably Seville
Production Date Range:
1500-1600
Defining Attributes:
Light cream to buff paste color, with a soft, chalky clay texture. Occasionally pink. Paste is the same as that of Columbia Plain.

Off-white, cream, or grayish-white tin enamel, usually covering both sides of the vessel.

Exterior surface is decorated with amorphous, mottled areas of spongy blue paint.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
JAR
Comments:
Santa Elena Mottled Blue on White is part of the 15th-16th century Sevillian "Morisco" majolica tradition. Defined on the basis of sherds from Santa Elena South Carolina (1566-1587), it has so far only been reported from that site, St. Augustine, Florida and Spain. It appears to have been most commonly made in heavy-bodied, utilitarian forms.
Published Definitions:
South Skowronek and Johnson 1988:240; Deagan 2002:61