TYPE: Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White

DATE: A.D. 825 to 950 (Oppelt 2008;21)

BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary interior designs, occasionally secondary exterior designs.

COMMON DESIGNS: The most common design is three, four, or multiple equally spaced solids or design motifs pendant on the interior of the rim (triangles are common), then usually multiple parrallel continuous thin lines are painted along the rim and around the motifs at angles parallel to the motifs forming a large negative blank space in the bottom that is often in the shape of a fat cross or plus or other geometric shape.  Sometimes a design is painted in the bottom.  Other simple design styles and layouts occur also. "Letter motifs", except for O's or circles, seemed to have phased out by now.  Kiatuthlanna design styles on bowls usually have a lot of open space in them.  The rims are usually painted. Ticked solids, as well as squiggle lines are common. Long wavy or squiggle lines are considered diagnostic, as well as concentric squares and triangles.

KEY DIFFERENCES: Usually thin linework. Painted surfaces of most Kiatuthlanna and later types are now slipped white and tool polished, although the exteriors of bowls and interiors of jars may be smooth or rough.  Late White Mound Black-on-White design styles overlap with Kiatuthlanna. Most designs have much open space.


Tusayan Whiteware: Kana-a Black-on-White (vegetal paint, "light paste")

Mesa Verde Whiteware: Piedra Black-on-White (mostly mineral, some vegetal paint)

Little Colorado Whiteware: St. Joseph Black-on-White (vegetal paint, "dark paste")



1N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl.

Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/4" by 4 5/8"



2N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl.

3N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl.

Approx. Dimentions: 7 1/2" by 3 5/8"



4N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl. This vessel is a precurser to Gallup Black-on-White.



5Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl. The interior has a sash (belt) and

sandals painted in it, while the exterior has an unusual unit motif.

Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/8" by 2 3/4"


6Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Pitcher, stylized Duck Effigy.

Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/2" by 6 1/2"




7N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White with a snake effigy on the handle.

Approximate Dimensions: 2 3/4" by 2 3/4"



8Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Cup

Approximate Dimensions: 4 1/4" by 2 1/4"



9Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl with a mystical being behind

a shield or could this be an alien behind his/her spaceship? Note

that the top and bottom framing lines were made up of several short lines.

Approximate Dimensions: 6" by 3 7/8"



10N Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White bowl

with a human wearing earrings painted in the bottom.



11Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 8" by 4 1/4"



12Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Stylized Duck Effigy

This vessel once had an effigy figure handle on it's back that is now missing. All

that remains is the hands and feet which have been ground down.

Approximate Dimensions: 3 1/2" by 2 3/8" by 2 1/8"



13Y Kiatuthlanna Black-on-White Gourd Effigy

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/2" by 8"


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