One small amphora from the Classical period, sometimes called the Hellenic period, corresponds to most of the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Used for wine storing. Handmade and hand painted.
Dimensions: 7cm x 11cm
Greek Pottery During the Classical Period (c.480-330 BCE)
This period witnessed a progressive decline in vase-painting for reasons which remain unclear, although the increasing triviality and sentimentality of the designs indicates that the medium was becoming worn out with fewer opportunities for innovation. An important exception to this decline was the White Ground Technique, which had been developed around 500 BCE. In contrast to both the black-figure and red-figure techniques, which used clay slips to create pictures, the White Ground method utilized paints and gilding on a white clay background. Although this permitted a wider range of colours to be used, the overall effect was less striking. This new type of ceramic was exemplified by the funerary lekythoi of the late 5th century whose statuesque figures echoed the serenity of the Parthenon sculpture. However, in general, with the end of red-figure, Greek ceramic art fell away in both quality and artistic merit, although vase production continued into the 3rd century in the Crimea and in the Greek colonies of southern Italy, where a group of regional red-figure styles emerged: Kerch, Apulian, Campanian, Lucanian, Paestan and Sicilian.