BLACK MESA BLACK-ON-WHITE
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