Reserving (Technique, Concept)

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Reserving is the practice of deliberately leaving a figure or detail unpainted. The reserved surface is the color of the fired clay, such as the orange-red of Athenian black-figure (see Black-figure) and red-figure (see Red-figure) vases. The technique is used on some Orientalizing vessels (see Orientalizing) as well as in East Greek and Boeotian black-figure.

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