Black Pattern (Technique, Concept)

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Black pattern is a term sometimes used to describe Athenian vases without human or animal figures. The decoration includes floral, linear, or patterned bands. On some vases, large areas of the surface are painted black with a reserved band for decoration. Examples are dated from the mid-6th through the 4th c. BCE. Other regions producing their own versions of black pattern decoration included Corinth, Boeotia, Laconia, and South Italy.

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