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SAN FRANCISCO Mt. WARE

--> DEADMANS GRAY

--> DEADMANS FUGITIVE RED

--> DEADMANS BLACK-ON-GRAY

--> FLOYD BLACK-ON-GRAY


DEADMANS FUGITIVE RED
DESCRIPTION: CORE: Constructed: by paddling. Color: gray. Fired: in reducing atmosphere.
TEMPER: abundant fine quartz sand; occasional grain dark angular fragment; abundant fine mica-like particles. Texture: fine.
WALLS: medium strong. Fracture: slightly crumbling.
SURFACE: Color: light bluish gray, pink or red in part. Finish: exterior surfaces jars and interior surfaces bowls smoothed, often show scraping marks and compacted; not slipped; interior surfaces jars fairly well smoothed but not polished; anvil marks definite but not conspicuous; mica like particles glitter on surfaces.
FORMS: bowls, jars pitchers.
DECORATION: red fugitive paint on greater part of vessel; rims generally have red lip; no drawn design.
RANGE: San Francisco Mountain Region.
REMARKS: Sherds of this type vary considerably in the shade of red because of the effect of weathering. Specimens recovered from caves have a thick red coat but on specimens dug from the ground in the open the wash is powdery and generally pale. Sherds from the surface of the ground rarely have more than a pinkish tint. Vessel forms vary in size from small bowls and pitchers to large storage jars. Since a red decoration could not be produced by firing a vessel in a reducing atmosphere, it would be necessary to paint it after it was fired.

 

 
 

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