Dating a greek
For more about early abstract motifs used in European art, see: Prehistoric Abstract Signs 40,000-10,000 BCE. Oriental Style of Greek Pottery (c.725-600 BCE) The renewal of contacts and trade links between Greece and the Middle East (especially the city-states of Asian Minor, modern day Turkey) had a great influence on ceramic design, and it was now Corinth who led the way. Geometrical ceramic art flourished in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE.
Minoan pottery had much more sophisticated ornamentation, greater artistry in its designs and use of colour, and was exported widely around the eastern Mediterranean.
An example is Kamares ware, a style from Phaistos, which was made on a wheel and decorated with red and white floral and geometric designs on a black background.
But the finest ceramics were produced in Crete during the flowering of the Minoan Protopalatial period (2000-1800 BCE), when the great palaces of Knossos and Phaistos were built.
These early forms were all handmade and undecorated although Greek potters gradually introduced various decorative effects using black and red pigments to create what is sometimes called Rainbow ware. Then human figures were included in the ornamentation, with images of chariot processions, battles, funerals and other scenes.
There was no general style or convergence between local schools. During the Late Geometric period (770-725 BCE), some historical references appear, with representations of events from Greek mythology.
The vessel is then fired in a kiln with oxygen which turns the pot and the slip red.