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

Type Name: Tsegi Polychrome

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 by C. Dean Wilson 2012

Tsegi Polychrome was defined by Colton and Hargrave (1937). This type refers to increasingly elaborate red ware forms produced during the later part of the Pueblo III period or most of the thirteenth century from about A.D. 1225 to 1300.

Paste in pottery assigned to Tsegi Polychrome tends to be a gray, pinkish to red color. Temper consists of roughly equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherd. Vessel forms are mainly limited to bowls tend which tend to be polished. Interior and exterior surfaces are unslipped but usually decorated with red iron oxide and black pigment. Interior decorations often consist of four narrow black lines encircling vessel with an exterior red stripe below the rim.

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.