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

Type Name: Kiet Siel 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 2012

Kiet Siel Polychrome was defined by Colton and Hargrave (1937). This type reflects forms produced during the late thirteenth century 1300. This type consists of decorations in black, red paint and white slip. Paste tends to be fine in texture and dark gray to light gray, brownish to pink (Colton 1956). Temper consists of a mixture of quartz sand and crushed sherd. Decorated surfaces are covered with a maroon to red slip. Ollas and seed jars represent the common forms although bowls that sometimes have horizontal handles occur.

Decorations are in red slip and may include vertical, and horizontal, diagonal stripes, often in an encircling stripe below the rim. Black decorations include narrow lines outlining red slipped area, and horizontal and diagonal hachures in rectangular or triangular panels between red areas as well as wide staggered lines between series of narrow lines. White decorations are reflected by narrow white lines that outline black lines or red slipped areas. Exterior of bowls are sometimes undecorated but usually consist of one to three red stripes encircling the vessel.

Colton, Harold S.
1956 Pottery Types of the Southwest 3c. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series 3. Northern Arizona Society of Science and Art, 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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