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Geometric pottery
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From the time of c. 900 BC, the geometric style emerged seamlessly from proto-geometric vase painting in Athens. The previous rather bulbous shapes, decorated with curvy ornaments, were replaced by more slender shapes on which outlines were accentuated through straight-lined systems of decorations, esp. through hatched maeanders and multifarious zigzag bands ( Ornaments). Closed vessel types were primarily painted on the neck and belly areas, open types primarily around the handle. During the 9th and 8th cents. BC, the geometric s…

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Schaus, Gerald P. (Waterloo, Ontario), “Geometric pottery”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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