The Importance Of Soil And Evaluation Of Taxonomic Evidence

748 WordsNov 9, 20153 Pages
Introduction Using an object centred approach this narrative will attempt to go beyond the subject’s simple classification of a ‘red-figured Stamnos (The British Museum, n.d)’. Analysis of function, status and meaning of this Stamnos provide evidence of how it has changed over time. This is further achieved by examining the production, consumption and afterlife of ‘Attic pottery (Hughes et al., 2014, p.60)’. Production To begin, an intrinsic measure of soil and evaluation of taxonomic evidence identifies this Stamnos as between 450BC-440BC of Athenian provenance. Raw material excavated from a clay bed then transported to the ‘Kerameikos (Wiley Online Library, 2012)’ became divided into component quantities. For decoration a portion was reserved and finely filtered, water mixed and referred to as, ‘a fine clay slip (Hughes et al., 2014, p.89)’. Moulding of the clay followed, ‘either on a fixed base, or on a wheel or turntable (Hughes et al., 2014, p.89)’. Replicating the human form, the remaining components merged together representing: the waist, belly, shoulders, ears, lip, mouth and neck. Following the assembly process, at decoration the painter used charcoal to outline his design. Charcoal was necessary as the slip and clay were the same colour. This highly skilled process of artistry provided, in this Stamnos, an emic representation of a departing warrior. During a triple stage baking process the charcoal burned off and the oxygen reduced in the kiln which
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