Tsegi Polychrome

Tsegi Polychrome sherd. Click the image to open the Tsegi Polychrome gallery.

Tsegi Polychrome is a type of Tsegi Orange Ware recorded only in the Tsegi canyons of Navajo County, Arizona.

Archaeological Culture: Ancestral Puebloan

Date Range: A.D. 1225 to 1300.

Construction: By coiling.

Firing: In an oxidizing atmosphere.

Core Color: Gray to pinkish.

Temper: About equal amounts of quartz sand and crushed sherds; temper is noticeable on surfaces and sometimes conspicuous, especially on worn or polished surfaces.

Surface Finish: Usually somewhat bumpy, sometimes polished; scraping and polishing marks often invisible but sometimes conspicuous; compacted or polished; no slip.

Surface Color: Orange; surface and core usually do not contrast.

Forms: Bowls.

Vessel Thickness; 4.3 to 5.9 mm.


  • Paint: Black and red.
  • Pigment: Red is iron oxide.
  • Design: Interior bowls have four narrow black lines encircling vessel just below rim; exterior red stripe below rim; red rim.

Compiled from the following sources:
Christenson, Andrew. (1994) A Test of Mean Ceramic Dating Using Well-Dated Kayenta-Anasazi Sites. Kiva 59(3).

Colton, Harold S. (1956) Pottery Types of the Southwest. Museum of Northern Arizona Ceramic Series No. 3. Flagstaff, Arizona

Compiled by:
April Peters, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories.