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Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

By |2018-11-20T09:44:50-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art|

The beginning of meanders? An Egyptian pot with spirals (Naqada II, ca. 4000 BC) What is a meander? A meander is a kind of pattern that artists used to decorate the borders or edges of pictures. They're called meanders because "meander" means to wander. So these are lines that wander around before they [...]

Greek Geometric Pottery

By |2018-04-22T11:29:03-07:00July 4th, 2017|Art, Greeks, History|

Dipylon Vase (Geometric pottery), a grave marker from Athens. This vase is about six feet tall! Archaic period pottery Gradually the Sub-Mycenean pottery of the Greek Dark Ages developed into a new style we call the Geometric. As times improved in Greece in the Archaic Period, around 900 BC, people began to want [...]