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Mycenaean Pictorial Vase Painting

Mycenaean Pictorial Vase Painting

Emily Vermeule, Vassos Karageorghis

ISBN 9780674596504

Publication date: 05/07/1982

Here is a vividly written and fully illustrated assessment of the figured decoration on Late Bronze Age vessels from the Greek mainland, Cyprus, and the Aegean islands. It will become a standard source on the Mycenaean imagination.

Emily Vermeuele and Vassos Karageorghis describe the hunting scenes, chariots, sphinxes and griffins, bulls and birds, people dancing or fighting, and cult scenes on Mycenaean pottery. They analyze forms and styles, sources and influences, and the development of conventions. They relate what is known about the painters and their workshops, and the overseas trade. A catalogue of the 700 remaining whole and broken examples, now in museums around the world, is appended. Over 950 illustrations provide a comprehensive view of the art.

This study tells us much about Bronze Age civilization, and it opens the way to an understanding of the relationship of Greek art to figure drawing in pre-Classical times.


  • Emily Vermeule was Zemurray-Stone Radcliffe Professor at Harvard University and author of Greece in the Bronze Age and Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry.
  • Vassos Karageorghis is Director of Antiquities, Cyprus. His publications include The Civilization of Prehistoric Cyprus, Excavations in the Necropolis of Salamis, and Excavations at Kition.

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