Attic Black Figure Amphora Essay

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The Attic Black-figure Amphora with a Horse’s Head on Both Sides is a 13 inch tall ceramic Greek vase made in Athens during the mid-sixth century B.C. There is a variety of Greek vases and each type was used for a specific purpose. For example, there is a vase to mix water and wine, the Krater, a vase to serve the wine to the person drinking called the, Oinochoe, and the Kylix which was a drinking cup for the wine. In this case, an amphora is a type of Greek vase used to transport, store, and carry different types of goods, especially wine. It is identified by its two handles with a neck narrower in diameter than the belly or body. This amphora is classified as a neck amphora rather than a one-piece amphora because of its wide curved handles from the neck to the body, though it is not exaggerated like others, this particular piece has a slight curve upward on the handles, while one piece amphoras have standard curved handles that only curve at one angle. The…show more content…
The geometrical aspect comes from the straight horizontal lines that wrap around the vase, the square background that boldens the horse silhouette and the border lines used around the horse, the circular eyes and triangular shape of the mane of the horse. The mixture of geometric shapes and organic structure gives the vase unity and balance because the vase does not feel very sharp and rigid, nor flimsy and fluent. The horizontal lines, a singular thin one on the neck and two thick parallel ones towards the middle of the belly of the vase, that wrap around the vase organizes the empty space and sets it with different sized registers. These three lines also give the sense of solidity because it prevents the silhouette from looking like it is floating or in the middle of empty

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