Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Ancient Greek Pottery and Glass

Pithos jar with rope decor
 Knossos
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.