Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Western AnasaziTusayan (Kayenta)Tsegi Orange WareKayenta Polychrome

Type Name: Kayenta Polychrome

Period: 1250 A.D. - 1300 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Western Anasazi
Tradition: Tusayan (Kayenta)
Ware: Tsegi Orange Ware


First posted by C. Dean Wilson 2013.

Kayenta Polychrome was defined by Hargrave (1932). This type appears to have been produced during the late fourteenth century and seems to be distinguished from Tusayan Polychrome by the addition of lines executed in white clay (Colton 1956).

Temper is usually represented by roughly equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherd. Surfaces are usually polished but not slipped, and are usually orange in color. Decorations are executed in in black, red, and white pigments. Red decorations often consist of interior vertical, horizontal, diagonal stripes, or an encircling stripe below rim. Black decoration include narrow lines outlining red area, and horizontal and diagonal hachures in rectangular or triangular panels between red areas or wide staggered lines between series of narrow lines. White decoration usually consists of narrow white lines outlining black lines. Thin lines may also sometimes white outlines red decorations. Bowl exteriors are sometimes undecorated but usually exhibit one to three red stripes that circle the exterior.

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

Hargrave, Lyndon L.
1932 Guide to Forty Pottery Types from the Hopi Country and the San Francisco Mountains, Arizona. Museum of Northern Arizona, Bulletin 1, Flagstaff.