When I first entered the gallery I thought I was just looking at intricately made pieces of pottery. However, after the lecture, I learned that these pieces were sacred to the Ancient Greeks and served many purposes. The designs painted on them were used to depict the beliefs of the Greeks or to tell stories, which I found to be very interesting. I was also pretty amazed by the age of these pieces and how well they’ve withstood the test of time; which I think is a testament to the craftsmanship that was put into them.
Another thing I found to be really interesting is the functionality of the pieces; that they weren’t just supposed to be decorative vases. The historian explained how each piece was designed with a specific use in mind. For example, vases intended to carry oil or other valuable commodities featured a narrow opening at the top so it wouldn’t spill when being poured. Whereas a vase designed to carry water- a more plentiful resource- had a wide opening and handles on either side to make pouring easier. The vase used to carry water is called a hydria and was my favorite piece in the exhibit, I’ve included a photo below.