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Storage Jar (Amphora) with Ornamental Patterns

Like other large pots made in the earliest phase of Greek history, this amphora was probably used as a grave marker. Its size indicates great skill, since the creation of large-scale pottery is technically challenging. It is also a fine example of the developing interest in precisely drawn geometric decoration, a characteristic that gave the Geometric period its name. The concentric circles were made using a compass with multiple brushes attached.

Greek, made in Melos (Cycladic Islands)
Storage Jar (Amphora) with Ornamental Patterns
Geometric period, ca. 750 BC
H. 27 15/16 in. (71.0 cm), diam. (without handles) 14 3/16 in. (36.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Given in honor of Burton Y. Berry and Herman B Wells
by Thomas T. Solley, 79.68