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Black-Figure Style Scent Jar


  • Black-Figure Style Scent Jar
6th Century B.C. H14cm
Through the influence of Persia, the use of scented oils became popular in Greece in the 6th Century B.C. The term black-figure style refers to a decorative technique employed for Greek ceramics in which the motif is depicted as a black silhouette. Following the introduction of the black-figure style, red-figure style ceramics began to appear in the 5th Century B.C. to the beginning of the 4th Century B.C. This spherical aryballos jar with a wide mouth rim and a handle was a typical scent jar of that time.