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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


FLAGSTAFF BLACK-ON-WHITE

DESCRIPTION
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: in reducing atmosphere. Core: dark gray to light gray. Carbon streak: fairly common Temper: abundant fine quartz sand, frequently almost invisible even with hand lense, often conspicuous on unslipped surfaces. Vessel walls: strong. Texture core: fine. Fracture: slightly crumbling. Surface finish: exterior bowl surfaces and interior jar surfaces are scraped, not polished, scraping marks conspicuous on exterior bowl surfaces, rarely very thinly white slipped, moderately well polished, both slipped and unslipped surfaces frequently pitted, exterior surface of jars similar to interior surface of bowls. Forms: bowls, jars. Thickness bowls: 2 to 6.4 mm. Decoration: painted, width of lines average 3.7 mm. Paint: black. Pigment: carbon. Designs: confined to bowl interiors, jar exteriors; bowl rims undecorated, except widely flaring forms; usually all-over patterns of stripes straight wide lines; barbed lines usually in opposed pairs; pinnate lines, diagonal or rectangular cross-hatching, sometimes with dots in open squares; small solid triangles, sometimes with interlocking hooks; barbed and pinnate lines very frequent.
COMPARISON: Sosi Black-on white: usually bolder in treatment of design, stripe and lines wider (average 6.7 mm), solid elements larger, barbs much less frequent, pinnate lines and cross-hatching absent, frequently somewhat more highly polished. Tusayan Black-on-white: design covers most of surface, producing a nearly open work effect, large solid masses frequent, pinnate lines frequent, relatively less bold, decorated surfaces better smoothed, not gritty, undecorated surfaces well-smoothed, rarely pitted.
RANGE: Northeast of San Francisco Mountains to and including the Hopi Reservation from Jeddito Trading Post west beyond Tuba City to Willow Springs. Also on Rainbow and Kaibito Plateaus.

 

 
 

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Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.
email: anthrolab@nau.edu