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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 14 – Greek Vases 3

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 14 – Greek Vases 3, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The British Museum boasts of one of the finest collection of Greek vases in the world. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Bell Krater, circa 420-400 BC , by Unknown
2. Lekanis, circa 330-320 BC, by Unknown
3. Kylix, circa 510 BC, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Room 14 and its adjacent galleries at the British Museum focus on Greek art and art objects. The galleries showcase the artistic output from Athens, Corinth, Sparta and other important cities of the ancient acropolis.
  • The pots were created using one of 3 distinct artistic techniques that were adopted by craftsmen of the time.
  • The black-figure technique was used predominantly in the 6th century BC. Herein, a pot or vase was painted a rich shade of sunset orange. Against this warm backdrop, the craftsman would render figures and motifs in black.
  • The second technique was used from the late 6th to early 4th centuries BC. This was called the red-figure technique. Pots were painted black and figures on them were painted in red ink or paint.
  • In the 5th century BC, some potters even started painting white backgrounds onto their vases.

A Final Thought :

It is interesting to note that historians are able to deduce much from these ancient pots. Their shapes and sizes give an insight into their function. Whereas the quality of material used to make them also provides information about the socio-economic status of the people who used them.

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. 

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