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TUSAYAN WHITE WARE

Pottery Wares of Northern Arizona


Background: The principal difference between Tusayan Gray Ware and Tusayan White Ware is that in types of the latter ware vessels have a smoothed surface as a base for a black painted decoration. This ware shares the same distribution and time as Tusayan Gray Ware.
DESCRIPTION:
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: first in oxidizing and then in reducing atmosphere. Color: usually light gray. Carbon Streak: absent or infrequent. Temper: in most types fine or medium quartz sand, sometimes almost invisible, but usually abundant in quantity, occasional dark colored opaque angular fragments in some types. Surface finish: exterior jar surfaces usually compacted or coated with thin slip or wash; exterior bowl surfaces also compacted or coated with thin slip on several types; slip, if present, usually very thin; decorative surfaces moderately or well-polished; scraping marks infrequent; undecorated surfaces usually fairly well scraped or smoothed; scraping marks noticeable though not usually conspicuous. Surface Color: bluish white, pearl gray, or white. Forms: bowls, jars, dippers, colanders, mugs. Decoration: painted. Paint: always black, usually fairly dense and dull; often somewhat watery with tendency toward brownish or purplish tint in thin spots; often gritty in some types; rarely almost vitreous. Pigment: carbon, sometimes with traces of iron. Designs: present in all types, usually confined to exterior jar surfaces, interior bowl surfaces.
RANGE: generally all over northeastern Arizona from Little Colorado River north to the San Juan River, west from Chinle Creek to the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. Northern strip in Arizona.

TUSAYAN WHITE WARE TYPES

--> KAYENTA BLACK_ON_WHITE

--> BLACK MESA BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> DOGOSZHI BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> FLAGSTAFF BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> KANA-A BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> SOSI BLACK-ON-WHITE

--> TUSAYAN BLACK-ON-WHITE

 

 

 
 

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Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.
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