TYPE: Lino Black-on-Gray

DATE: A.D. 550 to 850 (Hays-Gilpin & Hartesveldt, 1998;110)

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

COMMON DESIGNS: Designs are the same as LaPlata Black-on-White and White Mound Black-on-White in the Cibola Whiteware section of this guide.

KEY DIFFERENCES: In the Tusayan Whiteware series, Lino Black-on-Gray is the only painted type that usually has temper protruding thru the surface. Lino Black-on-Gray has no slip or polish. 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.

VARIETIES: Lino Fugitive Polychrome: Some rare examples of Lino Black-on-Gray have a fugitive red paint or "all-over wash" applied to the exteriors of bowls after they were fired. Often only traces of the fugitive red remain after cleaning.


Cibola Whiteware: La Plata Black-on-White

                                  White Mound Black-on-White

Mesa Verde Whiteware: Chapin Black-on-White



1N Lino Black-on-Gray Bowl




2N Lino Black-on-Gray Pitcher

Approximate Dimensions: 3" by 3 1/2"


3Y Lino Black-on-Gray Bowl - Fugitive Polychrome Variety

Approximate Dimensions: 9 1/4" by 4 1/8"



Recommended Reading:

Guide to Forty Types from the Hopi Country and the San Francisco Mountains

by L.L. Hargrave, 1932 Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin No. 1, Flagstaff

Field Manual of Prehistoric Southwestern Pottery Types.

by F.M. Hawley, 1936 University of New Mexico Bulletin, Anthropology Series, Vol. 1, No. 4

Archaeology of Alkali Ridge, Southeastern Utah

By J.O. Brew, 1946 Papers of the Peabody Museum of AMerican Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Vol. 21, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Sinagua: A summary of the Archaeology of the Region of Flagstaff, Arizona

By H.S. Colton, 1946 Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin No. 22, Flagstaff

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