Greek Black-Glazed Pottery

Fundraiser: Mesopotamia Teaching Materials

Please help us create teaching materials on Mesopotamia (including several complete lessons with worksheets, activities, answers, essay questions, and more), which will be free to download for teachers all over the world.

Donate Now


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 February 2019
Send to Google Classroom:

Although known by this term, the pottery is not technically glazed. It evolved from the Greek Attic "Red-on-Black" pottery, but the images of heroes and gods that made the Attic vases famous were replaced by vegetal and simple geometric motifs by the end of the 4th century BCE. The centers for the production of the black pottery spread across the northern Mediterranean areas during the Hellenistic period, where they are raw materials for producing the metallic slip. Only a few pots were found in Jordan, as it was a luxury import reserved for the elite. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

Remove Ads


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

Cite This Work

APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2019, February 18). Greek Black-Glazed Pottery. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Greek Black-Glazed Pottery." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 18, 2019.

MLA Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Greek Black-Glazed Pottery." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 Feb 2019. Web. 30 Nov 2020.

Remove Ads


Support Us

We are a non-profit organization.

Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. Please support Ancient History Encyclopedia Foundation. Thank you!