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Attic Black-Figure Body Fragment


2 x 2 3/4 x 1/4 in. (5.1 x 7 x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.861
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels
Culture/Nationality: Attic

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  • Attic - Refers to the culture and styles that developed in Athens or elsewhere in Attica, particularly to painted pottery styles that developed chronologically after the Geometric styles. Attic styles are intentionally different from Corinthian styles, and are characterized by imaginative compositions that do not necessarily comply with standards of scale or balance, by monumentality and grandeur, and eventually by a distinctive Black-figure style that became the standard for the rest of the Greek world.
  • 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.
  • burning - The process of altering, injuring, or consuming something by fire or heat. For events where something is totally or partially consumed by fire, whether intentionally or by accident, use "fires."
  • incising - The process and technique of producing, forming, or tracing a pattern, text, or other usually linear motif by cutting, carving, or engraving.
  • 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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