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

Type Name: Tusayan Polychrome

Period: 1100 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.

Tusayan Polychrome was defined by Hargrave (1932). Tusayan Polychrome appears to have been produced from about A.D. 1100 to 1300.

Paste is gray, dark brown to brick-red. Temper tends to consist of equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherd. Both bowl surfaces are polished. Bowl interiors are usually orange with red slips on the exteriors. Forms are mainly represented by bowls but may include jars and dippers. This type is characterized by several styles of which two have been most commonly noted. Style A consists of broad red bands of slip outlined in black lines. Style B consists of one to three red or black vertical, horizontal, and diagonal encircling stripes just below the rim on bowl exteriors. Bowl interiors include black narrow lines that outline red areas. Also represented are horizontal and diagonal hachures in rectangular or triangular panels between red areas, narrow horizontal lines in series, wide staggered lines, and staggered vertical lines.

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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Tusayan Polychrome Style B jar sherd

Tusayan Polychrome bowl sherd