MESA VERDE WHITEWARE
TYPE: Cortez Black-on-White
DATE: A.D. 900 to 1050 (Oppelt, 2008;10)
BOWL DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary interior designs, occasionally secondary exterior designs.
COMMON DESIGNS: Designs are the same as Red Mesa Black-on-White in the Cibola Whiteware Section of this guide.
SLIP OR SURFACE TREATMENT: Slipped and polished.
KEY DIFFERENCES: All Tusayan Whiteware types have a vegetal paint (vegetal paint often looks soft or watery so the edges are not as sharp as mineral paint) and are supposed to have light paste. All Little Colorado Whiteware types have vegetal paint and are supposed to have a dark paste. Mesa Verde Whiteware types may have mineral or vegetal paint. See article titled General Pottery Descriptions.
OTHER COMMON TYPES WITH SIMILAR DESIGN STYLES:
Cibola Whiteware: Red Mesa Black-on-White
Tusayan Whiteware: Black Mesa Black-on-White
COMMENTS: The black paint is usually mineral, however some vegetal painted examples have been recorded. Most vessels are white slipped, however some are polished but not slipped.
1N Cortez Black-on-White Jaguar Effigy Pitcher.
Jaguars have been recorded as far North as the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona as recently as forty-one years ago. A Jaguar was recently filmed near Tucson, Arizona within the last decade.
2N Cortez Black-on-White Pitcher
Approximate Dimensions: 6 1/2" by 6 1/4"
3N Anasazi Cortez Ladle Bowl
Approximate Diemensions: 4" by 1 3/4"
4N Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Bowl
5N Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Bowl
Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/8" by 3 1/4"
6N Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Effigy Vessel
7N Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Bowl
Approximate Dimensions: 8 3/4" by 4 1/2"
8N Anasazi Early Cortez Black-on-White Pitcher
Approximate Dimensions: 7 1/4" by 6 1/2"
9Y Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Stirrup Canteen
with human-like figures with tails.
Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 5"
10Y Anasazi Cortez Black-on-White Double Bowl
Approximate Dimensions: 5" by 2 5/8"
11N Cortez Black-on-White Bowl
12Y Cortez Black-on-White Marriage Vessel
Approximate Dimensions: 8 5/8" by 5 1/4" by 5"
13Y Cortez Black-on-White Large Olla with "thumb" indentions for carrying.
This olla is also interesting in that it has a "long bottom", a trait seen on many
early historic pueblo types dating to the 1700's and 1800's.
Approximate Dimensions: 19" by 17 1/4"
14N Cortez Black-on-White Ladle.
Approximate Dimensions: 8 1/2" by 4 1/4" by 2 7/8"
15N Cortez Black-on-White Knobbed Seedjar.
Approximate Dimensions: 5"
16N Cortez Black-on-White Knobbed Pitcher.
Approximate Dimensions: 7" wide
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