Historic Tesuque Pueblo Black on Red Jar with Avanyu - C3924L
It is often difficult to distinguish historic pottery made at San Ildefonso from that made at Tesuque Pueblo. Both pueblos traditionally produced Black-on-red pottery like this jar and it has always been similar. Sometimes, the distinguishing factor is the natural tan underbody of the jar. Neither pueblo applied a slip to the underbody, but only stone polished it. The underbody is sometimes bumpy on Tesuque wares and smoother on San Ildefonso wares, however, that may not always be a determining factor.
Tesuque Black-on-red pottery is fashioned in the same manner as Polychrome pottery. Clay, temper, paste, and construction do not differ. The difference arises when a red slip is wiped on the vessel in lieu of a cream slip.