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The Greek Geometric Period
Discusses Greek funerary pottery of the middle and late geometric period, using the Dipylon Amphora and the Geometric Krater as chief examples.
# 114382 | 2,211 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | CA
Published on Jun 08, 2009 in Art (History) , Archaeology (Greek) , Art (Other Mediums)

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This paper discusses the emergence of figural representation in Greek funerary pottery of the geometric period in a tradition which previously had none. The writer provides the historical and cultural background for the subject and explains the reason why this period is known as geometric. One of the earliest examples showing a figural composition, the Dipylon Amphora, and a slightly later work, the Geometric Krater, are discussed in detail. The writer explains that, although the figural representations on funerary pottery are visual windows into Greek life, belief, and culture, they do not provide sufficient information to enable archaeologists to determine how and why figural representation developed and then evolved in a Greek funerary context.

From the Paper:

"By the time of the 8th century BCE, well into the Geometric period, Greek society provides numerous examples of an increasingly sophisticated social order, which included the arts. A social stratification meant that the wealthy could afford or command some truly impressive artistic works, including funerary pottery (Kleiner 101). The Geometric period is the earliest phase of "Greek" civilization, and is so named because of the abstract patterns that decorate many manufactured objects, especially pottery (Moore, 13). In the Geometric period we observe the first figural compositions since the Mycenaean palace destructions, occurring sometime around 1100 (13). Found artefacts in the Geometric are primarily funerary or dedicatory, and occur in relation to the rise of a "temple economy.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bohen, Barbara E. "The Dipylon Amphora: Its Role in the Development of Greek Art." Journal of Aesthetic Education 25.2 (Summer., 1991): pp. 59-65.
  • Kleiner, Fred S., Christin J. Mamiya, and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 11th ed. Vol.II. Fort Worth: Harcourt College, 2001
  • Markoe, Glenn. "The Emergence of Orientalizing in Greek Art: Some Observations on the Interchange between Greeks and Phoenicians in the Eighth and Seventh Centuries B. C." Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 301 (Feb., 1996): pp. 47-67.
  • Moore, Mary B. "Ships on a "Wine-Dark Sea" in the Age of Homer." Metropolitan Museum Journal 35 (2000): pp. 13-38.
  • Mylonas, George E. "Homeric and Mycenaean Burial Customs." American Journal of Archaeology 52.1 (Jan. - Mar., 1948): pp 56-81.

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