Sherd with Animal, Rosette and Meander DecorationLate Geometric
Late 8th century BCE-early 7th century BCE
2 11/16 x 3 1/4 x 3/8 in. (6.8 x 8.3 x 1 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.738
Geography: Europe, Greece, Peloponnese , Árgos or Mycenae
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Sherds
This object has the following keywords:
Ancient Greek*, Animalia*, Aves*, Late Geometric*, legs*, meanders*, sherds*, squares*, vase paintings*
- Ancient Greek - Refers to the culture and styles of ancient Greece, generally excluding modern and prehistoric periods, but including periods between around 900 BCE to around 31 BCE. For the culture of Greece in general, including modern Greece, see "Greek."
- Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
- Aves - The class of vertebrate animals that are typically bipedal and warm-blooded, lay large-yolked hardshelled eggs, often arboreal, and possessing feathers, hollow bones, forelimbs adapted for flight (although some have lost the ability to fly) and hindlimbs for perching and locomotion, a four-chambered heart, keen vision, a horny beak without teeth, and a large muscular stomach. Birds arose from theropod dinosaurs, which were an order of carnivorous dinosaurs.
- Late Geometric - Refers to the most advanced phase of Geometric style, dating to the mid- and late eighth century BCE and appearing across a wide geographical area. It varied significantly in different locations, but in general it is characterized in vase painting by a sophistication in the representation of figures and animals, including the portrayal of recognizable mythological figures and narrative scenes. Sculpture from this period depicts a wide variety of animals and human figures that are stylized, but more naturalistic than in earlier art.
- legs - Parts of a human's or an animal's body that supply support and locomotion, such as the two lower limbs of the human body. For limbs truncated in a hand rather than a foot, use "arms (animal or human components)."
- meanders - Running ornament consisting of continuous winding lines, either angular or curving. Its name is taken from the river Meander in Turkey (ancient Asia Minor), which twists and turns upon itself like the ornamental motif.
- sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
- squares - Parallelograms with four equal sides and four right angles.
- vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."
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