Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)Western AnasaziTusayan (Kayenta)Tsegi Orange WareTusayan Black-on-red

Type Name: Tusayan Black-on-red

Period: 1000 A.D. - 1150 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

Tusayan Black-on-red was defined by Hargrave (1932). This type represents an early black-on-red Tsegi Orange Ware form that was similar to Medicine Black-on-red but is distinguished by the use of slightly different designs (Colton 1956). Pastes are finely textured and gray, dark brown, orange to red. Temper is sand and sherd. Decorated surfaces are covered with a slip red slip and are polished and sometimes bumpy. Sip tends to be soft and may weather or flake off sometimes leaving the gray, orange, to red paste with protruding temper exposed. Vessel forms include bowls, canteens, seed-jars, jars, and dippers. Tusayan Black-on-red is also covered by a thin red slip but is distinguished from Medicine Black-on-red by hachured designs framed in ribbons, triangular figures, and rectilinear or circular ribbons. Pottery assigned to this type appears to have been produced from about A.D. 1050 to 1150.

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

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