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Dark Ages and Archaic Age Pottery by Mind Map: Dark Ages and
Archaic Age
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Dark Ages and Archaic Age Pottery

Dark Ages

1200-800 BCE

No architecture

No frescoes

Small, crude sculptures

Not artistic


Lekythos, Used to pour and store oil

Krater, Used to mix water and wine

Oenochoe, Used to pour the mixed water and wine

Kylix, Used as a drinking cup

Amphora, Used to store liquids and dry goods, 750 BCE, Commonly made as a grave marker

Hydria, Used to pour water and other liquids, 1800 BCE

Six main characteristics of Greek vase painting

Horror vacui, The need to fill every little space with some sort of decoration, Fear of angry gods coming through the spaces

Rigid Division of a base into a rational and balanced order

Geometric shapes, Mainly used shapes such as triangles and diamonds., Circles were uncommon in Athenian artwork

Horizontal lines, Three horizontal lines separated each picture or change of decoration

Main scene, Places in the center of the vase in between the handles

People and animals were created in crude geometric parts, Shows lack of artistic skill

Archaic Age

800-467 BCE

People began to settle down

Still not completely peaceful yet

People began trading pots

Development of the alphabet

Stolen from the Canaanites

Black-Figure Vases

Details were scratched in, Cannot make many curves, Could easily chip the vase

Not much emotion shown in faces

Showed the rise of drama, The main focus of the art on the vase acted as a stage

Red-Figure Vases

More modern then Black-Figure

Can add more detail, Figures look more life-like, Easier to draw figures

Cannot chip the vase

Can have curves

Why was pottery so important?

Greek culture spread through the pottery when traded

Other cultures adopted Greek gods and dress through pottery

Pottery was the reason why the Mediterranean copied Greece

Moved from a focus on the divine to the humans