World Ceramics: Key Ideas

Antinaenes Painter
530-500 B.C.
Slip-glazed earthenware
20-1/8 inches high
The John R. Van Derlip Fund

  • Although the function of this hydria was to hold water, its elaborate decoration and carefully planned proportions reflect qualities the Greeks admired the most - harmony, order and balance.

  • Pottery vessels decorated in the BLACK-FIGURE style, such as this hydria (HIGH-dree-a), were a specialty of the ancient Greeks.

  • This vessel was made on a potter's wheel, a revolving wheel powered by the potter's knee.

  • The Greeks thought of their gods and goddesses as humans, and represented them that way in their works of art.
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