Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Western AnasaziTusayan (Kayenta)Tusayan White WareBidahochi Black-on-white

Type Name: Bidahochi Black-on-white

Period: 1325 A.D. - 1400 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Western Anasazi
Tradition: Tusayan (Kayenta)
Ware: Tusayan White Ware

First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2013

Bidahochi Black-on-white was defined by Hargrave (1932). This type was produced in the fourteenth century from about A.D. 1325 t0 1400. It is the last type associated with the Tusayan White Ware tradition. Bidahochi Black-on-white and is transitional between and very similar to Jeddito Black-on-yellow except that it was fired in a neutral rather than oxidizing atmosphere (Colton 1956; Colton and Hargrave 1932; Hays 1991; Smith 1971).

Pastes and surfaces are light gray to white. Decorated surfaces are polished but not slipped. Temper consists of very fine grains of quartz sand. Forms are dominated by bowls but include dippers and jars. Surfaces are decorated in a black iron manganese pigment. Painted decorations are applied to jar exteriors and bowl interiors. Designs are framed by wide lines that began near the rim. Design elements include horizontal and diagonal stripes, narrow and wide lines, solid stepped triangles staggered wide lines, solid triangles, and panels with cross hatching, and checkered motifs.

Colton, Harold S.
1956 Pottery Types of the Soutwest, Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series 1, Flagstaff.

Colton, Harold S. and Lyndon L. Hargrave
1937 Handbook of Northern Arizona Pottery Wares. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin No. 11, Flagstaff.

Hargrave, L Lyndon
1932 Guide to Forty Pottery Types from the Hopi Country and the San Francisco Mountains, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin, No. 1, Flagstaff.

Hays, Kelley A.
1991 Ceramics. In Homol’ovi II: Archaeology of an Ancestral Hopi Village, Arizona. E.C. Adams & K. Hays (Eds.), pp. 23-49. Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona, No. 55. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Smith, Watson
1971 Painted Ceramics of the Western Mound at Awatovi. Reports of the Awatovi Expedition, Report No. 8. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Vol. 38. Peabody Museum, Cambridge.

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