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.