Paint me a Picture: Ancient Greek Pottery

Ancient Greek Pottery came in all different shapes and sizes, all in which had different uses. But the patterns are what really made them special.

Amphoras, like this one that shows the Greek hero, Herakles going after a centaur, were used to carry and transport wine, olive oil, or olives. They were also used as grave markers. Amphoras are what most people think of when Greek pottery is mentioned. The style of painting called Black Figure is also the most common.
Lekythos' were mainly used for storing perfumes for women and funerals. They only had one handle and, even though this particular one is a black figure lekythos usually were white behind the depicted characters. This lekythos shows a somewhat naked athlete praising another on a horse while the judge watches.
Skyphos' were used as cups and bowls. This skyphos is a red figured typed pottery; meaning that the background is black and the shapes and figures are a reddish color. Shown on this skyphos is a man playing a type of flute. And on the other side, which is not shown, is another man who is walking with what looks like a cane.
The kylix was a lot like the skyphos except more flat and a lot wider. They were used for drinking wine at parties. The outer rim as well as the bottom of the inside usually had figures of people and/or mythological characters or stories. Sometimes the insides would have very "explicit" pictures displayed. The story shown on this kylix has the goddess Peitho talking to a woman named Demonassa while Eros, or Cupid, flies behind her.
This red figured Volute Krater shows Adonis on a couch in the middle of the goddess Aphrodite and the goddess Persephone with Eros floating above him. These are called Volute Kraters due to their volute like handles on the side. They were used for mixing wines, and some came with and without stands, like the decorated one shown.
Like many of the other ancient Greek potteries, this miniature Stirrup Jar was possible used to carry wine and olive oil. Majority of them would have octopi on them, and the others would have other under water creatures featured on them. This Stirrup Jar also has an octopus on it but it is hardly recognizable, but it's still a beautiful pattern.
This ancient Greek plate was made by an artist nicknamed the Chimera, so this piece has a lioness on it. This is also a black figure piece of pottery.
Jugs, like the one shown, were used to pour liquids, most likely wine. This Rhodian Jug shows pictures of animals that were exotic and not native to the Grecian area. The creature at the top above the rest of the animals is a Sphinx. This type of pattern was created by Greek painters in the Archaic period.
Bell Kraters were shaped like upside down bells, hence the name, and were used to mix water and wine. This Bell Krater shows the story of Prometheus who was punished for giving out information from the gods to the mortals. He is shown being chained up while a giant bird eats out his intestines.
Loutrophoros were long and skinnier jars that held water. They were only used in weddings and funerals, and were sometimes grave markers. The story shown on this red figured loutrophoros is the god Zeus asking the goddess Aphrodite for help in seducing the woman who is holding onto a swan, which is actually Zeus in disguise.
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