Friday, January 28, 2011

Images in Clay

Decoding ancient Greek pottery.
In the Days of ancient Greece, huge amounts of pottery were produced to serve all the basic needs of daily life. In "How to Read Greek Vases" (Yale University Press, 2011), Joan Mertens, curator of Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, takes readers through 35 notable examples. Here, Ms. Mertens shares details about a 13-inch-tall terra cotta neck-amphora—a type of storage jar—made in Athens around 540 B.C.

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