Rim Sherd of a Closed Vessel with Checker and Palmette Decoration
3 x 1 15/16 x 1/4 in. (7.6 x 4.9 x 0.6 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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- 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.
- checker pattern - A bold geometric pattern of regularly placed alternating squares or lozenges of contrasting colors or textures.
- palmette - Motif resembling a stylized erect leaf divided into lobes, in the form of a fan or palm leaf, often supported by spirals. Its origins are obscure, but similar motifs are first recorded in Syria and Mesopotamia and in the islands of the eastern Mediterranean by the 2nd millennium BCE. As the name suggests, it may have been derived from representations of palm-trees, especially in view of the belief that a tree cult may have existed in western Asia in association with the introduction of the cultivated date-palm; however, it has much in common with other early floral and spiral motifs. The motif is common in classical and classicizing styles, used either individually or along with other conventionalized flower or foliage forms, for example, in an anthemion.
- rim sherds - Fragments of a ceramic or glass vessel from just below the rim.
- maximum length Dimensions: 3 x 1 15/16 x 1/4 in. (7.6 x 4.921 x 0.635 cm)
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