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

Type Name: Tsegi Black-on-orange

Period: 1225 A.D. - 1300 A.D.
Culture: Ancestral Pueblo: Southern Colorado Plateau (Anasazi)
Branch: Western Anasazi
Tradition: Tusayan (Kayenta)
Ware: Tsegi Orange Ware

First posted C. Dean Wilson

Tsegi Black-on-orange was defined by Colton and Hargrave (1937). This type is characterized by the presence of simple decorations exclusively in a black paint over an unpolished orange surface (Colton 1956). This type appears to have been produced during the Late Pueblo III period or thirteenth century or from about A.D. 1225 to 1300.

Paste is gray, dark brown to brick-red and carbon streaks are common. Temper consists of equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherd. Surface color is usually orange. Forms mainly consist of bowls. Decorations are executed in a black mineral paint and consist of 2 to 5 horizontal lines on interior surface just below rim. There is occasionally one stripe below rim. Other designs include hachured panels or a series of parallel lines. Rims are often surrounded by wide lines.

Colton, Harold
1956 Pottery Types of the Southwest. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No. 3, Flagstaff.

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

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Tsegi Black-on-orange sherds