CORE: Construction: by coiling and scraping. Fired: finally in
oxidizing atmosphere. Core: dark gray to gray, dark brown to brick-
red. Temper: rock, angular quartz, lesser a mounts horneblende
(?), or Basalt (?); conspicuous in cross section of reddish color;
not conspicuous on surfaces. Vessel walls: medium strong to strong.
Texture core: medium to fine. Surface finish: bowls not bumpy,
highly polished; horizontal polishing marks frequently conspicuous;
both surfaces of bowls and exterior of jars are compacted. Surface
color: red, reddish brown, interior surface of seed jars is light
brownish-gray, surface color and core do not contrast when core
is reddish. Slip: present. Fire clouds: not common. Forms: bowls
predominate, dippers rare, seed jars uncommon, jars rare. Painted
decoration: black, brown, purplish; frequently crystals show in
paint. Pigment: manganese. Decoration: interior surface of bowls,
rarely exterior, rims occasionally painted; exterior surface of
jars. Patterns: geometric, 1 to 4 encircling lines beginning at
base of rim; often motifs pendent from rim. Elements: lines: stripes,
solid triangles; lines: straight, wavy, single or in series.
COMPARISON: Bluff Black-on-red less highly polished; somewhat
bumpy; pitted; bowl walls thicker; crudely executed; encircling
line below rim absent; elements often arranged in circular order;
curved lines and stripes common.
RANGE: center of abundance northern Arizona east of Colorado River.