Black-figure Pottery Sherd
4 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/8 in. (12 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.872
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Sherds
This object has the following keywords:
- 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.
- sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
- wave pattern - Decorative pattern consisting of wavy lines or other series of generally wavelike forms. For the specific running patterns of successive, connected spirals, use "wave scrolls."
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