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Chian Black-Figure Plate Body Fragment

6th Century BCE

maximum length
1 3/8 in. x 1 3/16 in. x 1/4 in. (3.5 cm x 3 cm x 0.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.855
Geography: Europe, Greece, Chíos (Chíos)
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Plates
Culture/Nationality: Chian/East Greek
Findspot: Possibly Naukratis

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • animals
  • 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.
  • Chian - Refers to a Greek pottery style that developed in the seventh century BCE on the island of Chios, and was known in other areas, including at the Greek colony in Naukratis, Egypt. It is characterized by an unusually white slip and a painting technique that differs from the contemporary Wild Goat Style in that animals and figures are not filled with pattern, but are more often left in reserve.
  • East Greek
  • Ionian - Distinctive pottery painting styles produced in ancient Ionia, a region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey.
  • plates - Shallow, usually circular dishes from which food is eaten.
  • rims - The outer edges of a container, especially a vessel, as well as the adjacent narrow margin. A single object may have more than one rim; a goblet has rims on its bowl and its foot.
  • rosette - Motif in the form of a stylized rose with petals radiating from the center, or for similar circular ornaments having a design radiating from the center.
  • sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
  • vessels - Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.
  • Wild Goat Style - Refers to a Greek pottery style that began in Eastern Greece and flourished from about 650 to 550 BCE. It grew out of Sub-Geometric and Orientalizing styles, and is characterized by a loose painting style using dark paint on a light colored slip, enlivened with purple details, and with faces and anatomical details reserved in light. The subject matter often includes animals, especially goats, deer, geese, and griffins.

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  • maximum length Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in. (3.5 x 3 x 0.6 cm)

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