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Middle/Late Corinthian - Early Classical Open Vessel Fragment

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Middle/Late Corinthian - Early Classical Open Vessel Fragment

590 BCE or later

1 5/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 3/8 in. (4.1 cm x 2.3 cm x 1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2011.17.298
Geography: Europe, Greece, Corinth
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Sherds
Collection: Collection of Doreen Canaday Spitzer

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  • Corinthian - Refers to a pottery style created in the city and region of Corinth in the Peloponnese in south-central Greece, and exported extensively in other parts of Greece, Italy, and Egypt, particularly in the second half of the seventh century BCE and the first half of the sixth century BCE. It is characterized by large vessels and bold decoration arranged in friezes covering most of the surface. Designs are in black-figure on a light terra-cotta background, with red, white, and incised additions. Motifs may have been inspired by Eastern textiles and typically include animals, monsters, or human figures, with ornaments such as dots, leaves, or rosettes scattered over the background.
  • Early Classical - Refers to the beginning of the ancient Greek Classical period and style, from around 480 BCE to around 450 BCE. In sculpture it is distinguished from the earlier Archaic style in that the human figure is portrayed with increased naturalism, including increased subtlety of facial expressions and contrapposto in standing figures. In vase painting there are regional variations, but in general there is increased mastery of the human figure and drapery. In architecture, the aesthetics of the late sixth and early fifth centuries are continued and refined.
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.

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