Greek Art

by Kaitlyn  Burke

The geometric designs on this rather simple cup make it full of detail. Motifs such as these were common during the 700s BC, when the cup was made. The birds and deer in the interior show that its roots are in the Eastern Mediterranean. It was sculpted from terracotta, although patterns like this were more common on ivory.
This bowl's main focus is the running hound. The dog itself is painted like a silhouette and purplish maroon is used around it. The upper half of the pot was originally painted yellow, but it wore off over time. What makes this piece special is the precision in which the fine detail such as the eyes were cut.
Much like we play a game of "jacks" now, the two figures in this sculpture are playing "knucklebone. It was very popular among children in the Hellenistic time period. The figures actually have a peg under them for transport. It was most likely used in a tomb.
This statue was used as the front leg of a chair, or even a throne. Felines were popular in the art of this period. It has several bronze parts that join together to create a whole. This indicates that the statue was made in Spain.
This item is a cista, which was used to keep precious belongings safe. The handles of cistae usually are made of human figures. The use of human figures like this was fairly common. The intricate design may have been meant to imitate famous Greek wall paintings.
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