GEOMETRIC POTTERY

 

TRYPILIAN SECTION

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TRYPILIAN POTTERY: GEOMETRIC PATTERNS

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One of the most distinctive features of the Trypilian culture is its remarkable painted pottery. In the earlier period, designs were incised or impressed into wet clay. Painted designs of white, red and black became popular in the middle period of Trypilian culture. Clay pots of various sizes used for storage and other purposes attest to the skill of the potters and their artistic sensibilities. Patterns include spirals, S-shaped curves, crosshatched patterns, meanders, festoons, egg-shaped and snake motifs as well as figures of animals and humans. ‘Owl-face’ motifs were another popular design. These decorative patterns reflect the spiritual beliefs and aesthetic preferences of prehistoric artists. They have been variously interpreted as the representations of the spirits of water, earth, and sky, plant and animal worlds, or even stylized landscapes.

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IMAGE CITATION:

1. Vessel, 4100 B.C.

Ukraine, Vinnitsa region. Ceramics

2.  Amphora,  4600-4400 B.C.

Ukraine, Cherkas’ka region. Ceramics

3. Vessel,  3850-3500 B.C.

Ukraine, Vinnitsa region. Ceramics

4.  Amphora,  4th Millennium B.C., second half

Ukraine, Cherkas’ka region. Ceramics

5.  Dish, 4th Millennium

Ukraine, Cherkas’ka region. Ceramics

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