Attic Black-Figure Sherdca. 700 BCE - ca. 500 BCE
3 1/16 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. (7.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.1554
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Sherds
This object has the following keywords:
- Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
- Black-figure - Refers to a style of Greek vase painting that developed from the Geometric and Orientalizing styles. It appeared in Corinth around 720 BCE, flourished in Attica by 600 BCE, and was found in Sparta, eastern Greece, and elsewhere, until the Red-figure style gradually replaced it in the late sixth century BCE. The style is characterized by a particular technique, which is characterized by the use of a refined slip, a two-stage firing process, and sintering to create black figures in silhouette on a red ground. Details were incised into the black figures or applied in purple or white pigment.
- figures - Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
- sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
- 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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