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TUSAYAN WHITE WARE

--> 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


BLACK MESA BLACK-ON-WHITE

DESCRIPTION
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: in reducing atmosphere. Core: dark gray to light gray. Carbon streak: common Temper: fairly abundant quartz sand; sometimes conspicuous on undecorated surfaces. Vessel walls: strong. Texture core: medium to fine. Fracture: slightly crumbling. Surface finish: interior surface bowls exterior surface jars, polished, somewhat bumpy. Surface color: dead white, sometimes with bluish tint. Forms: bowls, dippers (rare), jars, jugs. Thickness bowls: 3 to 6 mm; jars: 3 to 7.3 mm. Decoration: painted. Paint: dull black, usually fairly dense, occasionally slightly watery, with slight brownish tint. Pigment: carbon. Designs: bowl interiors and jar exteriors only; bowl bottoms undecorated; jar bottoms undecorated; rims unpainted; stripes and wide straight horizontal lines, rarely curved lines, large solid triangles, isosceles and elongated; triangles sometimes in opposed series forming rows of open diamonds; stepped elements rare, solid squares rare, solid areas with large pendent dots; interlocking scrolls. Average width of lines about 7.1 mm.
COMPARISON: Sosi Black-on white treatment is bolder and execution more precise; elements more closely massed; pendant dots absent; triangles either isolated or contiguous, infrequent. Puerco Black-on-white and Red Mesa Black-on-white have mineral paint.
RANGE: Occurs regularly over the greater part of northeastern Arizona.

 

 
 

Dept. of Anthropology, P.O. Box 15200,
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.
email: anthrolab@nau.edu