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by Archaeology Newsroom

Post- Byzantine pottery from Athens

Pottery as an artistic medium not only survived the fall of the Byzantine Empire and Turkish rule but it has also achieved a rich and impressive production both in quantity and quality. Post-Byzantine potters have adopted the traditional Byzantine techniques in making and decorating their products. Two main types of decoration are employed: the painted and the incised one (sgraffito), while the colours prevailing are the green and ochre (yellow-brown). The decorated area is glazed with a colourless varnish. The ceramics, even when coming from the most remote Greek workshops, display common characteristics in form and decoration, since even in post-Byzantine times they closely follow tradition. This tradition was so strong that the foreign influence from east and west affected only few workshops. The examples illustrated here represent Athenian workshops of two periods, from around 1650 to1750 and from1750 to 1850.