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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


SOSI 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 Vessel walls: strong. Texture core: fine. Fracture: shattering or slightly crumbling. Surface finish: both surfaces bowls, exterior surface jars, compacted or coated with thin white slip; bowl interiors, jar exteriors moderately polished; scraping marks visible on unpolished, sometimes on polished surfaces. Surface color: bluish white, or pearl gray. Forms: bowls, dippers (rare), jars. Thickness bowls: 3.2 to 6.7 mm. Decoration: painted, width of lines range 6 to 8 mm. Paint: black, sometimes brownish. Pigment: carbon. Designs: bold and free, suggestive of Black Mesa Style; Style A: (predominates) horizontal stripes make up major part of design, with large solid areas, triangles frequent, stepped elements, interlocking scrolls rare; Style B: striped or wide line width with large solid triangles, simply or in series, strongly suggestive of the barbed lines on Flagstaff Black-on-white, but heavier and bolder; the decoration of both styles covers most of the bowl interior; bowl exteriors are undecorated; rims are undecorated; jar decoration is confined to the neck and upper body.
COMPARISON: Flagstaff Black-on-white, somewhat less bold in treatment, very frequent; pinnate lines and coarse cross-hatching frequent; often rather less well polished. Width of lines average 3.5 mm while Sosi Black-on-white has wider lines averaging 6.7 mm. Holbrook Black-on-white has dark gray paste, temper of white angular fragments, and a surface with a heavy white slip. Escavada and Puerco Black-on-white have mineral paint. Black Mesa Black-on-white treatment is somewhat less bold an d execution less precise, elements are more closely massed, pendent dots and continuous rows of solid triangles are frequent.
RANGE: northeastern Arizona.

 

 
 

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Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5200, USA.
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