black-figure

The black-figure technique of ancient Greek vase-painting was developed between the 7th-5th centuries BC. The principal centres for this style were initially Corinth, then Athens. Other important production sites were Boeotia, Laconia and in the Greek colonies of southern Italy, where individual styles developed which catered for the Etruscan market. 

Attica, however, with Athens at its centre, became the most famous centre for black-figure painting, with over 20,000 surviving vases in this style. Potters in Attica used the excellent iron-rich clay found in the area. The period between 560BC and the inception of red-figure pottery in 530-20BC is considered to be the pinnacle of Athenian black-figure painting. To this period belongs the Amasis Painter and Exekias, the two masters of the technique.

The iconography on black-figure vases consists largely of mythological scenes: gods and heroes predominated, with Herakles and Dionysos firm favourites, along with episodes from the Trojan Cycle.

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black figure lekythos - Herakles and Atlas (special order item)
SKU: 597
VO-87
status: special order - please allow up to 4 weeks
VO-87
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£135.00
black-figure amphora after Exekias: Ajax and Achilles (hand-painted to order)
VM-11
status: hand-painted to order: please allow 4-6 weeks
VM-11
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£1,295.00
black-figure aryballos - Boreas
SKU: 764
VO-93
status: in stock
VO-93
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£35.00
black-figure calyx krater - Athena, Ajax and Achilles
SKU: 612
VO-89
status: in stock
VO-89
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£165.00
black-figure kantharos
SKU: 796
VO-95
status: in stock
VO-95
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£65.00
black-figure kantharos - Homeric warriors
SKU: 583
VO-88
status: in stock
VO-88
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£110.00
black-figure krater: Hektor and Andromache (hand-painted to order)
VM-32
status: hand-painted to order - please allow 6-8 weeks
VM-32
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£795.00
black-figure kylix - Dionysos at sea
SKU: 508
VM-38
status: in stock
VM-38
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£160.00
black-figure kylix - Herakles and the Nemean lion
SKU: 782
VO-83
status: in stock
VO-83
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£55.00
black-figure kylix: satyr and maenad
SKU: 592
VO-90
status: in stock
VO-90
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£55.00
black-figure lekythos - Athena and Poseidon (special order item)
SKU: 505
VO-86
status: please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery!
VO-86
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£110.00
black-figure lekythos - Dionysiac satyrs (special order item)
SKU: 525
VO-85
status: please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery!
VO-85
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£125.00
black-figure lekythos - the birth of Athena
SKU: 675
VO-84
status: in stock
VO-84
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£40.00
black-figure oinochoe - Odysseus and the Cyclops
SKU: 582
VO-82
status: In stock
VO-82
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£50.00
black-figure tile - chariot race for Patroklos
SKU: F113
KR-44
status: in stock
KR-44
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£175.00
ceramic tile: charioteer
SKU: F98
KR-71
status: in stock
KR-71
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£55.00
ceramic tile: discus-thrower
SKU: F96
KR-07
status: in stock
KR-07
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£55.00
ceramic tile: long jump
SKU: F106
KR-01
status: in stock
KR-01
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£35.00
ceramic tile: runners
SKU: F109
KR-52
status: in stock
KR-52
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£175.00
ceramic tile: runners
SKU: F99
KR-02
status: in stock
KR-02
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£85.00
ceramic tile: three riders
SKU: F112
KR-66
status: in stock
KR-66
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£85.00
ceramic tile: torch bearer
SKU: F100
KR-05
status: in stock
KR-05
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£35.00
ceramic tile: wrestlers with Nike
SKU: F111
KR-04
status: in stock
KR-04
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£85.00
useable black-figure kylix with phallic foot (REDUCED TO CLEAR: LAST ONE!)
DS-03
status: in stock
DS-03
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£2,000.00 £1,200.00

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