Ancient Greek pottery

Ancient Greek pottery

Ancient Greek pottery, the pottery of the ancient Greeks, important both for the intrinsic beauty of its forms and decoration and for the light it sheds on the development of Greek pictorial art. Because fired clay pottery is highly durable—and few or no Greek works in wood, textile, or wall painting have survived—the painted decoration of this pottery has become the main source of information about the process whereby Greek artists gradually solved the many problems of representing three-dimensional objects and figures on a flat or curved surface.

Ancient Greek pottery

The large number of surviving examples is also the result of a much wider reliance on pottery vessels in a period when other materials were expensive or unknown. Greek pottery vessels was used by the Greeks primarily to store, transport, and drink such liquids as wine and water. Smaller pots were used as containers for perfumes and unguents.

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