|Pithos jar with rope decor|
17th century BC
Although the gold of Mycenae was probably the most stunning of the exhibits in the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, it was the pottery and domestic items that brought home most forcefully the astonishingly high level of civilisation of the ancient world.
|bronze age amphorae|
I remember looking at one vase and thinking it was almost identical to earthenware produced in Staffordshire around 1750 -1800. Of course I’ve always known Greece was the source of Josiah Wedgwood’s inspiration, but I hadn’t realised quite how closely he followed three or four thousand year old patterns.
|bronze age amphora|
|glass vessel, Thessaly, 2nd century BC|
|Glass Bowl 1st century BC|
It’s humbling to think that the same sort of pottery was in use during both the Trojan and Napoleonic Wars.