Today we arrive at British Museum Room 14 – Greek Vases 2, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
Pottery is a crucial source of information for archaeologists and historians to learn about ancient civilizations. And this is precisely what we discover at Room 14 of the British Museum, which houses a vast collection of Greek vases. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these! Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here.
1. The Meidias Hydria, circa 420-400BC , by Unknown
2. Chytra, 5th century BC, by Unknown
3. Kantharos, 520-500BC, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Rooms 13 to 15 at the British Museum showcase some of the most exquisite ancient Greek pots known to mankind.
- Pottery was an important craft in ancient Greece. This can be deduced from the sheer volume of pots discovered from the ancient ruins. But also from the fact that the ancient Greeks had several ways and shapes they created vases in. These shapes and techniques were perfected over many years.
- As mentioned, Greek pots come in various shapes. Amphora, Chous, Hydria, Kylix, Oinochoe and Loutrophoros are a few different types of vases.
- Pots were created in different shapes depending on their intended use. Kraters were used to mix wine, while Hyrdia were used for carrying and storing water.
- These pots are decorated using a variety of thematic motifs. Some artists borrowed from their surroundings and daily life, some were inspired by nature and others drew from Greece’s rich history and mythology.
A Final Thought :
Room 14 at the British Museum provides an immersive experience to the viewer. The pots, seen together or individual as works of art, tell a story. They exemplify the perfect union of decoration and utilitarianism.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.