geometric/Corinthian

replica geometric pottery online at itsallgreek.co.uk and near the British Museum

Geometric art flourished in the 9th and 8th centuries BC. The style is characterised by abstract motifs like the 'meander' (or 'Greek key'), triangles and linear decoration in various permutations and combinations. Different from the fluid, circular decoration and iconography of the preceding Minoan and Mycenean periods.

The repetitive, formulaic nature of the decoration reminds us of Homer's epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, where we have the literary equivalent of these motifs in the epithets and formulaic lines which form the bedrock of the poems.

On some geometric vases we see bands of birds, horses or ibex depicted, but again as repeated formulae. In the middle of the 8th century, there begin to appear human figures, such as on the famous Dipylon vase. They are shown in silhouette, without perspective, rather like 'stick' men and often as part of a funerary scene, which reflects the purpose for which many of these vases were used, namely as grave markers. 

Corinth, situated on the isthmus which connects mainland Greece to the Peloponnese, was a hub of trading activity, due to its location in a sort of 'maritime crossroads'. The 8th and 7th centuries BC were a time of cultural and commercial ferment in the Mediterranean and there was a huge influence from the artefacts of Egypt, Syria and Phoenicia.

In the Corinthian art of this period, characterised by the 'orientalizing' style, representations of the human figure were rare: rather, the predominant motifs were real and mythological creatures such as the lion, the sphinx, the griffin, the ibex and the panther, usually depicted grazing in 'bands' or 'friezes' around the shape of the pot.  The style is further characterised by rich polychromy and formulaic motifs such as the palmette.

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Corinthian alabastron - Boreas, the North wind
SKU: 633
VO-207
status: In stock
VO-207
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£40.00
Corinthian alabastron - Boreas, the North Wind
SKU: 530
VO-217
status: in stock
VO-217
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£95.00
Corinthian alabastron - cockerel and goose
SKU: 634
VO-208
status: in stock
VO-208
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£40.00
Corinthian alabastron - the owl (special order item)
SKU: 599
VO-203
status: please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery!
VO-203
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£70.00
Corinthian aryballos - cockerels and goose
SKU: 533
VO-212
status: sold but on order - back soon!
VO-212
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£40.00
Corinthian aryballos: eagle and lions
SKU: 531B
VO-205
status: out of stock but on order!
VO-205
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£45.00
Corinthian oinochoe
SKU: 527B
VO-204
status: Please allow 3-4 weeks delivery
VO-204
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£90.00
Corinthian oinochoe (large): mythical creatures (special order item)
SKU: 526
VO-210
status: please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery!
VO-210
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£195.00
Corinthian oinochoe with lions
SKU: 518
VO-215
status: on order - back soon!
VO-215
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£45.00
Corinthian oinochoe with panthers and siren
SKU: 501B
VO-213
status: in stock
VO-213
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£45.00
Corinthian oinochoe with siren and ibex
SKU: 595
VO-214
status: in stock
VO-214
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£45.00
Corinthian olpe with panthers and ibex
SKU: 542
VO-206
status: in stock
VO-206
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£75.00
Corinthian skyphos: facing cockerels
SKU: 691
VO-209
status: in stock
VO-209
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£35.00
Corinthian vessel: three female figureheads (special order item)
SKU: 703
VO-216
status: special order only : please allow 3 weeks
VO-216
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£185.00
geometric amphora (hand-painted to order)
VO-32
status: hand-painted to order : please allow 4-5 weeks
VO-32
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£300.00
geometric kalyx krater with ibex (special order item)
SKU: 711
VO-313
status: in stock
VO-313
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£200.00
geometric kantharos
SKU: 539
VO-311
status: sold out but on order! back soon!
VO-311
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£45.00
geometric kantharos
SKU: 566
VO-310
status: sold out, back soon!
VO-310
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£65.00
geometric kantharos (large)
SKU: 569
VO-306
status: on order - back soon!
VO-306
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£135.00
geometric oil lamp - grazing birds
SKU: 514
VO-304
status: in stock
VO-304
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£40.00
geometric oinochoe with birds
SKU: 580
VO-309
status: in stock
VO-309
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£55.00
geometric oinochoe with ibex and bird
SKU: 559
VO-312
status: in stock
VO-312
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£40.00
geometric oinochoe with ibex and birds
SKU: 579
VO-307
status: in stock
VO-307
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£70.00
geometric skyphos with flirting birds!
SKU: 547
VO-308
status: in stock
VO-308
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£40.00
hand-painted Corinthian alabastron with sphinx (special order item)
SKU: 615
VO-202
status: please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery!
VO-202
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£145.00
Rhodian oinochoe with ibex
SKU: 545
VO-301
status: in stock
VO-301
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£100.00
Rhodian oinochoe with ibex and male sphinx pair
SKU: 699
VO-314
status: in stock
VO-314
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£145.00

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