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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


KANA-A BLACK-ON-WHITE

DESCRIPTION
CORE: Construction: by coiling Fired: in reducing atmosphere. Core: light gray. Carbon streak: usual. Temper: fairly abundant quartz sand; sometimes conspicuous on undecorated surfaces. Vessel walls: strong. Texture core: medium to fine. Fracture: crumbling or (rarely) shattering. Surface finish: bowl exteriors scraped, scraping marks usually visible, interior bowls and exterior jars polished; somewhat bumpy, both surfaces bowls and exterior jar surfaces rarely slipped (white); slipped surfaces frequently coarsely crazed. Surface color: bluish white, creamy white, or dead white. Forms: bowls, jars, seed jars, pitchers. Thickness bowls: 2.7 to 5.9 mm; jars: 2.1 to 6.2 mm. Decoration: painted. Paint: black, usually fairly dense, often watery, sometimes with brownish or purplish tint. Pigment: carbon. Designs: bowl interiors and jar exteriors only; fine straight lines, sometimes singly, more often parallel series of 3 to 10 lines, about 4 to 10 mm apart; lines almost always carry over slightly at junctions; small solid triangles, either isosceles or elongated, sometimes with hooks; pendent dots and ticks or pinnate lines frequent; characterized by crude brushwork.
COMPARISON: Lino Black-on-gray, never slipped or polished; gritty surface, gray color, design cruder. Red Mesa, Kiatuthlanna, and Dead River Black-on-white all have mineral paint but with similar designs.
RANGE: Occurs over the greater part of northeastern Arizona, north of the Little Colorado River to San Juan River.

 

 
 

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