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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


TUSAYAN BLACK-ON-WHITE

DESCRIPTION
CORE: Construction: by coiling. Fired: in reducing atmosphere. Carbon streak: occasional. Temper: not very abundant fine quartz sand, frequently almost invisible. Vessel walls: strong. Texture core: fine. Fracture: shattering to slightly crumbling. Surface finish: interior bowl surfaces, and exterior jar surfaces are smoothed not slipped, slightly polished, scraping marks noticeable on undecorated surfaces. Forms: jars, seed jars colanders, jugs, canteens, dippers, bowls. Thickness bowls: 2.5 to 5.6 mm. Decoration: painted. Paint: usually organic black, dense and somewhat gritty. Designs: series of small ranking triangles set along straight lines, sawtooth edge effect, and opposed by like series running in opposite direction, commonly introduced between the two is a line saw-toothed on both sides, opposed sets of isosceles triangles with their points touching, leaving diamond shaped interspaces which are occupied by a single dot, interlocking scrolls are common, as well as large solid areas with serrated edges, coarse cross-hatching sometimes occurs as background for series of triangles, painted areas are greater than unpainted areas.
COMPARISON: Flagstaff Black-on white has white areas in excess of painted areas. Kayenta Black-on-white has mosquito bar design.
RANGE: A very common type in the Tsegi area, northern Arizona.


 
 

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