TYPE: Prescott Black-on-Gray

DATE: A.D. 800 - 1400 (NAU Online Ceramic Manual 2001)

BOWL AND JAR DESIGN PLACEMENT: Primary designs may be found on interiors, exteriors, or both interiors and exteriors of bowls and jars.

COMMON DESIGNS: Simple broad linework, designs are often not carefully laid out and seem to be more in common with older, cruder examples of Southwestern pottery types. Later examples have medium width linework and more carefully laid out designs that are more symmetrical. Designs show a full range of simple motifs such as scrolls (both curvilinear and angular), chevrons, dots, circles, triangles, diamonds, solids, straight and wavy linework, etc. Early designs are often like rock art or petroglyphs.


OTHER COMMON TYPES WITH SIMILAR DESIGN STYLES: Designs of the Prescott painted types often crudely resemble the Anasazi Tusayan White Ware type: Black Mesa Black-on-White. They also often look like the very earliest painted designs of Hohokam: Estrella Red-on-Gray.


TEMPER: Medium to coarse granitic material, quartz, arkosic sand, feldspar, mica often present and usually silver in color but sometimes black or gold colored mica occurs.

COMMENTS: Black paint is usually carbon or organic.




1N Prescott Black-on-Gray Seedjar



2Y Prescott Black-on-Gray Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 7" by 4 1/2"

3Y Prescott Black-on-Gray Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 5 3/8" by 3 1/4"


4N Prescott Black-on-Gray Partial Bowl

Approximate Dimensions: 10 1/2" by 4"



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